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Jackson County Sheriff to receive Pro Patria Award

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Each year an employer throughout the state is selected for the Pro Patria Award. This year, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd has been selected to receive the award for the public sector category on February 15.

The Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve gives the Pro Patria Award to employers who show extraordinary support for our national defense by adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the Guard and Reserve.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Byrd is the third person in the state to receive the award. It's considered the highest honor given by the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization.

The award is handed out in three categories: Public Sector, Large Private Sector and Small Private Sector.

"I am humbled and honored to receive such a pristine award," Byrd said. "I am extremely proud of our officers who serve their community while doubling as citizen soldiers who serve their nation and I will always find ways to support them. It's so important that we support them as they gain skills and leadership experience that's transferable and beneficial to our department."

Byrd will receive the award at ceremony in Jackson at the Old Capitol Inn.

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