CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — The president of Meyer Capel is being recognized for supporting an employee while he served in the National Guard.
Meyer Capel President Joseph Murphy accepted the Patriot Award Tuesday during a special presentation at Meyer Capel by Laurie Silvey, Chair of the Illinois committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program.
Silvey read a statement prepared by Meyer Capel employee A.J. Ruggierie, Commander of the 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in the Illinois Army National Guard, and an associate attorney at Meyer Capel. Ruggieri nominated Murphy for the Patriot Award.
Ruggieri was called to state active duty in support of flood fighting measures in May 2019 on very short notice. In less than 18 hours, he went from the law office to state active duty and served for 14 days by working directly with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
“I really enjoy working here just to begin with. Having that aspect of it also makes it that much more pleasurable when those things do come up. I’ve had several jobs over the years, and not all of them have been as accommodating, so I do have a frame of reference, and I do appreciate them helping me out.” Ruggieri said.