U.S. Military honors Park Nicollet
The U.S. Military awarded Park Nicollet with the Patriot Award, which recognizes employers who contribute to national security and protect liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
Megan Curry, who is a team member at Melrose Institute and also an Army Reservist, nominated Park Nicollet and her supervisor Richard Hansen for the award.
"More often than not, I have to do more than my 'one weekend a month, two weeks a year', said Curry. "It has become second nature to us to stop our lives and attend to whatever the duty is. It's important that we not forget the burden it puts on our families, our employer and fellow employees."
Earlier this year, James D. Rogers, a retired Hennepin County judge and military representative, presented Hansen and Park Nicollet with the Patriot Award.
"It was a nice surprise," said Hansen. "I'm honored to receive this award from the military and thank you to Megan for nominating me and Park Nicollet."
Curry says the support she has received from Hansen and other team members compelled her to nominate Park Nicollet for the award.
"Richard does not get enough thanks, and we all believe we are very lucky to have a boss who is so passionate about his work and his employees," said Curry. "He holds us to high standards because of what he believes."
This is the second Patriot Award Park Nicollet has received. In 2011, Glendy Trujillo nominated Angela Holte and Park Nicollet for the military award.