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2009 Media Releases

August 10, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831


Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for July to Bryan Kratochvil of Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR). 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 today's City Council meeting.

Kratochvil is a Fire Apparatus Operator and has worked for the City since 2000. LFR Captain Bob Watton nominated him in the categories of safety, productivity and customer relations for his dedication to LFR and the community. Watton said Kratochvil has gone beyond his normal work duties, working with Tabitha Healthcare Services to use five houses they were going to demolish for training.

An example of his community spirit is the action Kratochvil took after responding to a recent call from a family needing medical assistance. While at the home, Kratochvil noticed it was in desperate need of painting. The single mother who lives there has three children with autism and a fourth with severe dyslexia. Through talking with the woman, Kratochvil realized the same family had suffered a fire two years earlier, in which one of the children was rescued.

Over the next four months, Kratochvil organized a house-painting event. He found businesses and individuals willing to donate products and time to replace the gutters, paint the house and plant some shrubs. The Lincoln Firefighter Benefit Association donated most of the funds, and Kratochvil recruited about 50 volunteers for the two-day event in April. Watton wrote that Kratochvil hasn't sought recognition, he "has just done this out of the goodness of his heart."

The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.

Nomination forms are available on the City Web site at (keyword: personnel) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.

All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor's 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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