SO deputy receives DOJ recognition

A St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy was recently honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Office.

Capt. Jonathan Booth was commended as a “Patriotic Employer” for contributing to national security and protecting liberty by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve component service members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment (

U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Russo, a patrol deputy with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, nominated Booth for the award for his outstanding leadership and support. Russo, a member of the 2228th Military Police Company Louisiana Army National Guard, was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in June.

Historically, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has held military service in high esteem. Sheriff Mark Hebert said he continues that tradition and culture of support by ensuring that each supervisor and employee understands service member rights and the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Act.

“Service members and veterans are assets to our law enforcement agency,” Hebert said. “It is an honor to support employees, such as Russo, who serve in the National Guard. Our agency believes that members of U.S. Armed Forces are essential to the strength of our nation and the well-being of our communities.”

Including Russo, there are two active military service members employed by St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office who are currently deployed.

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