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Guard nominates local employers for Freedom Award

Companies in Cheney, Spokane and Spokane Valley were nominated today for an award that recognizes private and public organizations for exceptional support for Washington Guard and Reserve members.

The local nominees announced are Haakon Industries of Cheney, Dorosh Dental and Spokane Emergency Physicians of Spokane, and Spalding Auto Parts and Western Systems & Fabrication Inc. of Spokane Valley.

They are among 90 employers  nominated statewide for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Reward.

Nominees have supported Guard and Reserve members by providing continued benefits, differential pay and family assistance.

Winners will be announced this summer, and receive their award at a Sept. 22 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Bert Caldwell
Bert Caldwell oversees production of the opinion pages, including writing editorials, and editing and selecting letters, columns and cartoons.