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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

St. Paul, MN - August 2, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) to Recognize Minnesota First Responders

During the National Convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), held this year in St. Paul, MN, The Department of Minnesota will host  a "First Responders" awards ceremony at 11:00 AM  on Friday, August 12, 2011, in the main convention hall of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 11 East Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101.

This ceremony will honor the families of Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, Maplewood Police Department, and Deputy Sheriff Christopher Dewey, Mahnomen County Sheriff Department, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of their communities.

In addition, the following Public Safety Officers and Firefighters will be presented the National Law Enforcement Citation or National Fire Citation from the MOPH for wounds received in the line of duty:

Officer Steven Hoppe, Mankato Police Department
Investigator David Watson, Lakeville Police Department/Metro Transit Police
Officer Chad Sanow, Fairmont Police Department
Officer Daniel Grosland, Minneapolis Police Department
Captain Dennis Mack, Minneapolis Fire Department
Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere, Minneapolis Fire Department

Co-workers, family, friends and the media are welcome to attend.  Officers are requested to wear their uniforms.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) of the U.S.A. Inc.," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  MOPH volunteers through the VAVS program, provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For further information contact:
Tim Trebil, First Responder Coordinator, MOPH Department of Minnesota, (763) 458-3892
Or
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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