Duluth Company Receives Patriot Award

By KBJR News 1

May 8, 2012 Updated May 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - As National Guard members come home from deployment...finding jobs when they return is sometimes a difficult task...but one company in the Northland is committed to changing that.

Servpro in Duluth, which currently employs four active military members, was awarded the "Patriot Award" for their commitment to supporting members of the military who are employed in their company, as well as in the community.

Servpro employee, Specialist Brian Berndt is a member of the 950Th Clearance Company in the Wisconsin Army National Guard...so he knows the importance of having an employer who supports his military duties.

"It's nice know you're going to have a job. It takes some of the stress off your plate, especially for people with kids and families," says Wisconsin National Guardsman and Servpro Employee, Brian Berndt.

Because of that support, Berndt submitted owners of Servpro, Kevin & Lesley Buck, for the Patriot Award after saying they went above and beyond the call of duty to support their military employees.

"We're very excited to have received the patriot award. We have a son that's in the military, so military folks are very near and dear to our hearts," says owner of Servpro in the Twin Ports, Kevin Buck.

When a big clean up job required more hands on deck...Buck enlisted the help of Berndt's fellow soldiers.

"These military guys were available to help us out... you could tell that they had been used to working together out in the field, and that work ethic translated beautifully into the project that we had them do," Buck says.

Work ethic that contractors on the project took notice of.

"After the job was done, some of the other contractors that were on the site noticed how well these men worked and several of them were hired because of that," Buck says.

Specialist Berndt says their military training plays a huge role in a soldier's work ethic.

"Their mindset, their discipline, they're organized, they really don't argue, they just do it and don't ask they," Berndt says.

Which is one of the main reasons Buck says he'll continue to hire veterans.

"As employers in our community, to involve these soldiers, sailors and marines as they come back in jobs and give them a top opportunity...I think that's very important," Buck says.

The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who have answered their nation's call to serve.

Danyel Piecek