October 30, 2000
|Contact: Tracy Little
Director of Public Information
Nursing supervisor awarded for support of Guard and Reserve
BURGAW -- The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recently presented Lynda Padgett, nursing supervisor at Pender Correctional Institution, the "My Boss is a Patriot" award. The award is in recognition of her support of an employee currently serving in the reserves.
Nurse Donald Polt, who works with Padgett, nominated her for the award. Polt is a chief petty officer in the Naval Reserve. "She has been very supportive of my reserve career," said Polt. "I am often called away and sometimes without much notice."
The committee said that without the assistance of employers like Padgett, the Reserve force would not be able to continue its mission. In addition, the committee noted it is a great comfort to citizen soldiers that they do not have to worry about their jobs at home, so they can focus on the critical mission at hand.
Padgett started working for the department in 1992 as a staff nurse at Pender. In 1996, she was promoted to lead nurse and then in 1999 she was promoted to supervisor. Padgett received her associate’s degree in nursing in 1983 from Wilson Technical Community College in Wilson. She lives in Pender County with her husband and they have a daughter and a son.
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