Ohio Department of Public Safety

Nominated by an enforcement agent in Canal Winchester, Ohio, the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) was selected as a Freedom Award recipient for its outstanding support which includes providing National Guard and Reserve employees differential pay between their military pay and ODPS salary during deployments; continuing employee and enrolled family members’ medical and life insurance benefits during deployments; creating a Military Committee responsible for supporting the needs of deployed employees and their families; and recognizing the military service of their employees through programs, official ODPS publications and their “Heroes” Web site. The ODPS has received numerous ESGR state awards for their support of National Guard and Reserve employees, including the Above and Beyond Award and Pro Patria Award.