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Massachusetts Employer Receives Award for Supporting Soldiers 
 
Tom Boyle present an award to Harvey Hurvitz 
Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Sellars, Land Component Commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard and Tom Boyle, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve present an award to Harvey Hurvitz, President of Cape Cod Lumber in Abington, Mass., May 28, 2009. Dawnalee Downing, wife of Staff Sgt. Michael Downing and Sgt. Craig MaCgilvray, employees of Cape Code Lumber were present for the presentation of the award. Staff Sgt. Downing is recovering from wounds he received in Afghanistan at the Malone House at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James C. Lally)
By Army Sgt. James C. Lally, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 

MILFORD
, Mass.The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented an employer support award to the president of Cape Cod Lumber for supporting not only Guardsmen but also the family members of Guardsmen who work for the company May 28, 2009 in Abington Mass.

Tom Boyle, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented the Seven Seals Award to Harvey Hurvitz, President of Cape Cod Lumber for supporting his company’s employees who are reservists or have close family members in the reserve.

The Seven Seals Award refers to the seven Guard and Reserve branches and is the only ESGR award that bridges both the employer and ESGR volunteer recognition programs. It is presented at the discretion of the Field Chair in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission.

When reservists are called up to serve their Nation it can be a stressful time for them and their families. One problem that Guardsmen have is putting their lives, families and employers on hold while they train for both their state and federal missions. The ESGR is there to help Guardsmen and their employers during these sometimes trying times. 

Dawnalee Downing, a purchaser at Cape Cod Lumber has worked at the Mansfield store for five years and her husband is a Staff Sgt. in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. When Downing’s husband Michael was wounded in Afghanistan in Sept. 2008 she needed time off to be with him in Germany and later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. Her employer, Cape Cod Lumber was sympathetic and supported her in that difficult time of need.

“It was incredible not having anything to worry about while I was going through that with my family. Harvey told me to do whatever I needed to do and just keep him informed. Everybody at work asked me how they could help,” said Downing.

Sgt. Craig MaCgilvray, 379th Engineer Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard has worked at Cape Cod Lumber for eight years. During an ice storm in Dec. 2008 MacGilvray was deployed for a week to western Massachusetts to help clear fallen trees and debris from roadways so emergency vehicles could pass.

When MacGilvray got the call from his unit he had to inform his employer that he had been called to duty and did not know how long he would be away from work.  “I called and said I got to go. My boss was very understanding,” said MacGilvray.

Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Sellars, Land Component Commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard also presented his commanders coin as a token of appreciation for his support of the Massachusetts National Guard. “When I speak to employers about supporting our Soldiers, I tell them about how Cape Cod Lumber supports it employees, they have set the example,“ said Sellars.

6/2/2009