Oakwood security chief honored with Patriot Award

Morris Cotton, director of security at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, may have received the award last week, but he said it’s part of his responsibility to support the true heroes.

Cotton received a Patriot’s Award from the Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve for his efforts to support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves. He was nominated by Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Boyd, who has worked for the Oakwood Security Department for four years and who is currently serving with Charlie Company 378th Military Intelligence Division in Michigan.

“Morris has really supported my efforts to serve our country” said Boyd. “He has always been very supportive.”

The Patriot Award was created by the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves to recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s top call to duty, according to Debra Shroeder, who coordinates those efforts for the region.

“It’s very, very important to b able to come and o and not have the stress back home, worrying about the kind of support you will receive at work,” she said. “It’s important to have an employer who will be there for them and not question everything they do.”

Shroeder visited the Oakwood Annapolis Hospital (OAH) earlier this year to present the same award to John Cargill, manager of the emergency department at OAH.

Cotton said he was surprised and humbled by the award.

“I am very proud of the men and women serving in our nation’s military service,” he said. “I know the importance of protecting us abroad to ensure our homeland remains safe. It is such an honor.”