USF Health faculty members receive Patriotic Employer awards

From left, the Honorable Judge Gregory Holder, Joseph Kirkner, Desiree Thomas and Dr. Terri Ashmeade.

Honorable Judge Gregory Holder, Florida state chair emeritus of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented Patriotic Employer Awards to USF Health’s Joseph Kirkner and Desiree Thomas for their support of Spec. Robert Burke, U.S. Army reservist and Department of Family Medicine paramedic, while he serves on temporary duty until late October.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and understanding between reserve and guard service members and their civilian employers to help ease constraints between their civilian job duties and military commitment.

“When our reserve and guard service members answer the call, it’s the support they get from not only their families, but their civilian jobs that allows them to be successful,” said Judge Holder, who serves on the 13th Judicial Circuit Court.