Displaying the Al Schneider Award are (l-r): DPD Chief Clint Huth, Det. Bob Raber, Mayor Dwain Land, and commissioners Judy Layne, Allen Jones, and Jeff Johnson.
Aug. 17, 2018 – One week before he was scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to receive the prestigious Freedom Award on behalf of his department, Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth was invited to a ceremony in Charleston, W.Va., to accept the Al Schneider Memorial Award for Employer Excellence.
These awards are given to companies that go above and beyond what the government requires of employers in supporting their workers who are in the National Guard and Reserves.
“I have got no less than a dozen phone calls from major corporations, wanting to know the policies for what we do to support our guardsmen and our veterans,” Huth said Aug. 16 as he spoke at a meeting of the Dunlap City Commission.
According to the awarding organization's website, The Al Schneider Award is presented by the Enlisted Association National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), to an employer “who has demonstrated outstanding support to the enlisted men and women of the National Guard and Reserves.”
EANGUS selects the winning employer from 10 candidates reviewed and suggested by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
ESGR is the organization that selected Dunlap Police Department as one of 15 employers in the United States to receive the 2018 Freedom Award Aug. 23 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The Dunlap Police Department was nominated by Detective Bob Raber, who serves with a military police unit in the Army National Guard. Last year Raber was serving a deployment to the hurricane-ravaged U.S. Virgin Islands when his home was destroyed by fire. The National Guard immediately flew him stateside, and a fellow-officer from Dunlap Police Department drove to Atlanta to pick him up and bring him home.
According to Chief Huth, the city of Dunlap makes sure no employee who serves with the Guard or Reserves suffers financially while deployed.
“It's amazing that a community as little as ours can get such accolades,” Huth told the City Commission Thursday. “The Dunlap Police Department does what the city of Dunlap tells us to, and the city of Dunlap does what the people expect us to do. It's a community thing. These awards are for the whole community.”