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Friday, 09 January 2009 18:02


Daily Leader photo/Robert Pierce
 From left, Fire Chief Kelly Kirk, Liberal Police Chief Al Sill, and 
Mayor Joe Denoyer sign a statement of support for the Guard and 
Reserve Wednesday.

Local leaders sign letter supporting National Guard

By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader

The National Guard and Reserve are essential to the strength of the 
nation and the well-being of communities.
For this reason, three community leaders signed a Statement of 
Support for the Guard and Reserve Wednesday at City Hall in Liberal.
Police chief Al Sill, fire chief Kelly Kirk and Mayor Joe Denoyer, as 
well as Tom Sanko, Area 2 chairman of the Kansas Committee of 
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, said the men and women in 
the Guard and Reserve serve voluntarily, in the highest American 
tradition, in an honorable and vital profession.
“They train to respond to their community and their country in time 
of need,” Sanko said. “They deserve the support of every segment of 
our society.”
Sanko added if these volunteer forces are to continue to serve the 
nation, increased public understanding is required of the essential 
role of the Guard and Reserve in preserving national security.
In the statement signed by Sill, Kirk and Denoyer, the City of 
Liberal joins other employers in pledging that:
o “We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services 
Employment Rights Act.”
o “Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to 
effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.”
o “We will continually recognize and support our country’s service 
members and their families in peace, in crisis and in war.”
 

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