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Rice Home Medical sales director Aaron Olson (right) was presented the Patriot Award for supporting an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve. He was nominated by Ryan Heidelberger (middle), regional account representative, and Ron Muehlbauer presented him with the award. (Contributed)

Aaron Olson awarded Patriot Award

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Aaron Olson, sales director at Rice Home Medical, was presented the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

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The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Heidelberger, regional account representative at the Alexandria Rice Home Medical branch and member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team of the Minnesota National Guard, nominated Olson.

He was nominated for the support he has shown Heidelberger throughout the course of his employment at Rice Home Medical and his involvement in the National Guard.

“Employers like Aaron make it possible for soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard to perform at the highest level,” Heidelberger said. “This was an opportunity to recognize Aaron and to personally thank him for his continued support of my service.”

Olson was presented the award from ESGR representative and former 34th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major Retired (CSM) Ron Muehlbauer on Wednesday, February 19 at the Rice Home Medical branch in Willmar.

Rice Home Medical serves four locations: Willmar, Alexandria, Madison and Redwood Falls.

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