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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
October 21, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

Mayor Presents award of Excellence for October

Mayor Don Wesely today presented the Mayorís Award of Excellence for September to William Hershberger, Fire Apparatus Operator (FAO) for the Lincoln Fire Department. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of todayís City Council meeting.

Hershberger has worked for the City of Lincoln for about 15 years. He was nominated in the category of customer relations by Lincoln Fire and Rescue Captain Jan Robertson.

Hershberger is spearheading an ongoing project of mounting a pair of American flags on the front bumpers of Lincoln Fire and Rescue vehicles. It takes about one hour to install a pair of flags, and Hershberger does the work on his own time. He originally covered the $35 cost for each pair of flags, but that is now covered by personal firefighter donations. Hershberger was inspired to start the project by the events of September 11, 2001.

"These events stirred a strong sense of patriotism in FAO Hershberger as well as his fellow colleagues, and he has a deep desire to display it to the citizens of Lincoln and all who visit here," Robertson wrote in his nomination. "Bill had completed and installed six pairs of flags by June, which is one third of the front line engine and truck companies, and intends to install as many as necessary in order to show support for the uniformed personnel and fellow citizens of the United States of America, and also as a tribute to all those who have lost their lives from terrorists attacks."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, productivity safety and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayorís Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program. All nominations are reviewed by the Mayorís Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.

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