Here are a Few Ways Public Employees Go the Extra Mile to Aid Communities
Each month, TEXPERS searches the internet for stories of Texas public employees going the extra mile to help their communities.
Check out what we found this month:
State employee weathers hurricane to assist youth
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services recently recognized a South Texas Child Protective Servi
ces caseworker with the agency's Shelter From the Storm Award.
The caseworker, Jordan Pratt, received the award for helping a former foster youth during Hurricane Hanna, according to the agency's Aug. 11 Facebook post. According to the post, the former foster youth reached out to Pratt, who discovered the youth was in an unsafe living situation. Despite the hurricane, Prat helped the youth relocated to a safe place.
"His efforts to go above and beyond to ensure a youth's safety make us #ProudtoProtect!," the department posted to its Facebook news feed.
Quick thinking by off-duty police officer helps officer from another city apprehend violent criminal
Firefighters head to California to help battle wildfires
Tell us About Public Employees You Know
Do you know of a public employees that has gone above and beyond their duties in contributing to their local communities? Let us know about them in the comments section below.
Essential Roles in Our Communities
Public employees fill an essential role in our Texas communities. Law enforcement and firefighters protect lives and property. Municipal workers repair our streets, maintain parks, assist library patrons, and ensure that our water is safe to drink. Educators help our children grow into adulthood.
Those are just a few examples of the critical jobs public employees do for us. Some jobs are dangerous. Others receive little thanks. Many involve backbreaking work. But most are done with a dedication to the greater good that's often unmatched in the private sector.
Many public employees, like the ones we've highlighted this month, often go the extra mile to contribute to their communities. TEXPERS urges you to go the extra mile in return and ask your local and state governments to ensure public employees receive their promised benefits.
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