Sheriff Jim Ruth, a Vietnam veteran with a commitment to those who serve in our nation’s military and reserve, was honored Thursday in Nashville with the presentation of a Patriot Award by the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.
Ruth was nominated by deputy Rusty Bryant, who is also a member of the Naval Reserve.
Deputy Bryant is assigned as the school resource officer at Waterville Community Elementary School.
In his letter to the ESGR, Bryant commended Ruth for setting the supporting tone within the agency.
The plaque, presented by Carl Lambert, state chair of the ESGR in Tennessee, reads:
“The Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employee Support for the Guard and Reserve, recognizes Sheriff Jim Ruth, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, as a patriotic employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve force.”
Ruth’s support of veterans was exhibited by his recent recommendation to the County Commission to accept a grant that would have funded most of the salary and benefits for a new deputy position with a stipulation that the person who is placed in that position be a veteran of military service.
While the Commission failed to fund the county portion or about 25 percent of the deputy’s salary for 3 years, the sheriff will continue to seek funding for these desirable applicants.
The award presentation was held during a Tennessee Sheriff’s Association meeting in Nashville attended by Ruth and Chief Deputy Wayne Bird.