The nation’s most decorated living veteran was on hand Monday to present a Piedmont Medical Center employee the Patriot Award for White’s behind-the-scenes efforts supporting his employees deployed in the National Guard and Reserve.
White, former interim director of Piedmont EMS, now serves as the agency’s community relations coordinator and was nominated by one of his employees serving in the Army Reserve.
One of his employees, Daniel Osborne, nominated White for the Patriot award after Osborne said his Reserve unit did not have all the resources to successfully complete their two-week combat medic training.
With White’s permission and that of Piedmont Medical Center’s administration Osborne’s unit borrowed the training tools for their training.
“Being able to support them in their training aspect… it’s just a small token of what we do each and every day,” White said. “We allow our employees, that need the extra time off to make sure they’re trained.”
White was presented with the award by the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, a detachment within the Department of Defense. Perry Hopkins, the oldest decorated living veteran in the country.
Piedmont Medical Center also inked a partnership with ESGR for its efforts supporting the Reserve and National Guard.