Benton County CERT/ARES Volunteer Honored with Prestigious Award

With the National CERT Conference 202One in the rearview mirror, we were given a special task: Deliver the prestigious 2021 Missouri Silver Star Award to one of our own!

The Missouri Silver Star Award is bestowed upon one volunteer from the great state of Missouri each year. It is “presented to an individual in Missouri whose dedicated, unselfish, and enthusiastic service has contributed to the growth and development of the CERT and Emergency Management communities.

This year, Mr. Stephen Swerline was named the recipient of the award!

Because of a last-minute family emergency, Stephen was unable to make it to the conference, so Deputy Director Samantha Henley (who nominated him for the award) brought it home to present to him!

Below you will find her nomination letter:

Here at the BC MO EM, we want to CONGRATULATE Stephen as well as extend our sincere gratitude for his selflessness and the time and effort he gives as a volunteer for Benton County!