Mary Davis receives Patriot Award

Mary Davis, zone manager at the Heights Wal-Mart, left, receives the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves. She was nominated by Maureen Simmonds, a fellow Wal-Mart employee and a soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Mary Davis is a zone manager at the Wal-Mart in Harker Heights.

Maureen Simmonds also works at Wal-Mart, but she has another job serving in the U.S. Army National Guard.

After working together for six years, Simmonds decided to publicly express her thanks to Davis.

During a brief ceremony March 31 at the store, two volunteers from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves organization joined Simmonds as Davis received a Patriot Award on behalf of her co-worker and ESGR.

“I just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to Mary for going above and beyond, which helped make it possible for me to do both jobs,” Simmonds said. “She’s always been flexible and willing to change her schedule to meet my needs. She didn’t mind talking to our bosses about my situation and working it out in my favor.”

ESGR presents a Patriot Award to individuals about five or six times a year, according to Ron Rivers, area chairman.

“Maureen is a really good worker and it’s been a pleasure to help her out when the Guard duties have conflicted with her Wal-Mart schedule,” Davis said.

The ESGR organization was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between those in the Reserves or National Guard and their civilian employers.

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