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Civilian employee goes above, beyond for friend, co-worker

By Jessica Healey | USAG | December 04, 2013

The Garrison Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter was announced during a Nov. 15 ceremony at Patton Hall on Main Post.

Justin Snyder, Directorate of Public Works, was awarded the Employee of the Quarter out of the three nominations.

To be nominated for Employee of the Quarter, the nominees had to have already won Employee of the Month within the quarter.

Snyder was the Employee of the Month for July.

He was nominated as the Employee of the Month for coming to the rescue of a co-worker, whom he found sitting behind a building with his head down and holding his arm.

Snyder went over to him, assessed the situation and then drove him to the hospital, where he waited with the co-worker until the man's spouse arrived.

"Many civilian employees here at Fort Riley are prior service that have chosen to stay here; many, like me, do not have any family here, other than maybe a wife or girlfriend, so your co-workers become your friends and family," Snyder said. "I chose to stay because of my concern for this individual. I did not want him to be alone in this situation because I know what it feels like to be in a scary situation with no one familiar around me, so I decided to wait with him until his wife arrived. I simply did what any good battle buddy would do."

Once the man's wife arrived, Snyder finished out the work day and then stopped by to check on him.

"I did go back and check on him after work that day and the following day up until his release, I did this because of my concern for a fellow person. So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you," Snyder explained.

Snyder's helpfulness didn't stop there, though; he also made sure his co-worker didn't fall behind on his work while the co-worker was in the hospital.

"I chose to keep up with his workload, so he wouldn't fall behind. He's a friend and was a fellow co-worker, and I would hope someone would do the same for me," Snyder said.

Nomination forms for civilian employee of the month can be found at www.riley.army.mil/NewsViewer.aspx?id=6876.

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