American Hero Award Recipients 2017

Each year, Trojan Labor, Acrux Staffing, and the Higher Quest Foundation host the American Hero Awards. The ceremony recognizes two American service men or women who have gone above the call of duty in service to their country.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Ultimate Hero Award Recipient: Pfc. Cody James Patterson.

To read more about this year’s Ultimate Hero click here.

This year’s American Hero Award Recipient is Staff Sergeant Jeffery M. Dawson.

To read his story click here.

 

American Hero Award Recipient 2017: Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Dawson

The 2017 American Hero Award recipient is Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Dawson. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, Indiana.

On February 17th, 2015, Dawson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor. He earned this award while deployed to Afghanistan with the 28th EOD Company (Airborne).

During a mission, a fleeing enemy insurgent detonated an explosive killing himself and the team’s

dog.

Soon after, Dawson realized that there were IED’s surrounding him and his team.

According to the Army news website: “Despite being wounded by two separate explosions, Dawson halted the mission, disarmed the improvised explosive devices and aided in the evacuation of dead and wounded Soldiers. Navigating the chaotic situation in limited visibility for more than two hours, Dawson exposed himself to grave danger while locating three confirmed pressure plate IEDs and an additional six suspected devices, the award citation stated.”

Dawson’s other awards and recognition’s include:

Combat Action Badge, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Parachutists Badge,Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon with one campaign star, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with 2 campaign stars, Valorous Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Citation.

Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Dawson went above the call of duty and is truly deserving of the 2017 American Hero Award.

Ultimate Hero 2017: Pfc. Cody James Patterson

Pfc. Cody Patterson was born April 12, 1989, in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from Philomath High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Philomath, Ore., in January 2012 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning as an infantryman.

After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, also at Fort Benning. Patterson graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2012 and served as a rifleman. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

Sadly, he was killed on his second deployment, first combat deployment.

 

His awards and decorations include:

The Parachutist Badge

The U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge.

 

Patterson also has been awarded:

The National Defense Service Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Army Service Ribbon

Overseas Service Ribbon

Posthumous Certificate of Promotion

The Good Conduct Medal

The Combat Infantryman’s Badge

Bronze Star Medal

Bronze Star Metal with “V” device

Army Commendation Medal

Purple Heart

Meritorious Service Medal

NATO Medal

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

 

Pfc. Patterson was a true American hero and is missed by all who knew him.

 

 

Five 14ers for the Famished

The Higher Quest Foundation (sponsored by Trojan Labor and Acrux Staffing) is a non profit dedicated to ending global hunger in a sustainable way through the use of fish farming as well as supporting local initiatives around the United States.

Chase, a middle school boy from the Tampa Bay area in Florida is preparing for his third annual event to bring awareness to the Higher Quest Foundation. In 2015, at age 12, he biked 100 miles from Avon, CO to Aspen, CO in “100 Miles for Hunger.” Last year, he climbed Pikes Peak.

This year, we are pleased to announce that Chase, his father, Rick Hermanns (Hire Quest CEO), along with Benjamin Rasmussen (Trojan Labor District Manager) will be doing “Five 14ers for the Famished.” Over the summer, the trio will climb at least 5 of Colorado’s famous 14ers.

To qualify as a 14er a peak must have an elevation of at least 14,000 feet and be at least 300 feet higher than the saddle that connects it to the nearest other 14er peak.

The goal of this event is to raise awareness about fish farming and the Higher Quest Foundation. Stay tuned on this blog and the Higher Quest Foundation website to stay up to date on “Five 14ers for the Famished” as well as the latest Higher Quest Foundation projects.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

April 3rd-7th, 2017 is National Work Zone Awareness Week. It is a partnership of the Federal Highway Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Traffic Safety Services and other organizations.

The week is dedicated to raising awareness to roadway work site safety. According to OSHA, “tragically 700 people, including 130 workers were killed at crashes at roadway work sites in 2015.”

As part of the event, different states will offer educational events to help spread awareness about roadway work site dangers and driving safely around construction zones.

To learn more, please visit the Federal Highway Administration website: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/outreach/wz_awareness.htm