Business Nationally Recognized For Supporting Soldier, Family

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An Omaha company is in the national spotlight for taking care of one of its workers who was overseas fighting for America. Electrical Contractors Inc. of Omaha won the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.

All over the country are memorials to honor those who fight for our freedom, but for many soldiers, it’s the little things that mean the most.

Master Sgt. Devin Brisbois doesn’t usually wear his uniform to work, but Thursday was a special occasion. His employer, Electrical Contractors of Omaha, was awarded the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the highest recognition given to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Army Reserves.

“So when they come back, the one thing they want to know, they got a job and they can get back to a normal life with the family, the employer has a big part in that,” said Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry.

J.J. Williams, one of the company owners, said supporting the soldier who works for him was easy to do. “They're over there fighting, so my family can be free and the least we can do is take care of his family.”

That’s what Williams did, he took care of the little things while Brisbois was in Afghanistan. He purchased a new refrigerator for the family, made sure the lawn was mowed and snow was plowed, even provided baby-sitting service.

“It meant the world ‘cause I didn’t have to worry about my job or some of the little things about my family,” said Master Sgt. Brisbois. “I have a support system at home. That’s an example for other employers to do for their reservists who are deployed. It’s all one big family, really.”

Electrical Contractors Inc. of Omaha is a family-owned business that’s all about family and now it has the award to prove it.

Out of more than 4,500 nominees, 13 awards were handed out. The Burt County Sheriff's Department in Nebraska was also a Freedom Award recipient.