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City to be honored for supporting Guard and Reserve

From staff reports

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede will receive a Department of Defense Patriot Award on the city’s behalf for support of employees who serve in the Minnesota National Guard and Reserve.

Brede will receive the award Jan. 7 in the atrium at City Hall.

The award is given by the Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency.

Rochester was nominated by Col. Eric Kerska, who works for the Rochester Fire Department and serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard’s First Brigade Combat Team, which served in

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Iraq.

Those besides Brede who are receiving recognition include retired Fire Chief David Kapler, acting Fire Chief Dan Slavin, Battalion Chief Charles Hermann, Fire Department secretary Teresa Wegner and city Human Resource Department Director Deb Coyle.

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