Dagsboro Police Chief saluted for support of patrolman in Air National Guard

DAGSBORO – Town of Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey, whose service to his country included active military and reserve duty, has earned a special Department of Defense salute for supporting fellow military personnel.

Chief Toomey was the surprise recipient of a Patriot Award during a June 19 ceremony at Dagsboro Town Hall.

Mike Orlando, a volunteer for the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, made the presentation in recognition of Chief Toomey’s outstanding support of his Air National Guard employee: Dagsboro police patrolman James Joles.

From left, Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteer Mike Orlando, Dagsboro Town Administrator Cynthia Brought, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Police Department Patrolman James Joles, a member of the Delaware Air National Guard. Chief Toomey was recently honored with a Patriot Award from the Department of Defense for his outstanding support of Patrolman Joles, his employee and military service member.

Patrolman Joles, who has been with the Delaware Air National Guard for several years, nominated Chief Toomey for being highly supportive of his military service.

“That’s kind of what we do here. We serve the public and the community and further into that as a Guard member you have to also support the nation, the state and the operations,” said Chief Toomey. “Due to the nature of the Guard, primarily they train on one weekend a month. What I did is I facilitated his availability to the Guard and Reserve through scheduling and support of the organization.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delaware ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

In December 2015, Chief Toomey officially concluded his military career. That service included 10 years of active duty with the U.S. Army followed by several stints with the National Guard. He finished his career with the Salisbury-based Maryland National Guard as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the 115th Military Police Headquarters Detachment.

With the National Guard, Chief Toomey earned the prestigious Bronze Star for leadership and service contributing to the “overwhelming success of the command’s mission” during a nine-month deployment with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. That was from Dec. 25, 2012 to September 2013.

“The town supported me when I was in the Guard and Reserve,” said Chief Toomey. “I continued that tradition. We continue to support the Guard and the Reserve and their operations because in today’s environment with our military climate and the way it is, without the Guard and Reserve the military just couldn’t do all of the obligations that they are tasked with.”

He said the Patriot Award came as a complete surprise.

“It was a great surprise and an honor to receive the recognition – especially having been part of the Guard and Reserve myself – to know that my efforts in continuing my support of the organizations was recognized,” said Chief Toomey.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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