West Boylston – The Military Orders of World Wars, Worcester Chapter announced today Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangeldis is the recipient of their 2016 Silver Patrick Henry Public Service Award. Evangelidis was selected for the award in recognition of his efforts in reducing recidivism, increasing professional standards for correctional officers, addressing the current opioid epidemic with his Face2Face Program, charitable programs including annual winter coat and food drives and for vigorously supporting veterans and veterans organizations throughout Worcester County. Established in 1919, the Military Order of World Wars is a national organization of veterans dedicated to patriotism, youth programs, democracy, civic responsibility and national defense.
“We enthusiastically award our 2016 Silver Patrick Henry Public Service Award to Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangeldis. Since taking office, Sheriff Evangelidis has personified ethics, compassion and exemplary leadership professionalizing the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office while making a difference in our community with his innovative outreach programs including vigorously supporting veterans organizations throughout Worcester County. We proudly present the Sheriff with this award for his distinguished and outstanding meritorious service.” said MOWW Chapter Commander, Lt. Col. David Anderson.
“Receiving the 2016 Public Service Award from the Military Order of World Wars and to be recognized by our local veterans is an incredible honor. Our department is extremely proud of the incredible work we have done here, especially in support of our veterans.” Evangelidis continued “The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will continue to vigorously support our active military, veterans and retired military. We are forever grateful for their service to our country and I am extremely humbled to receive this award.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
Under Sheriff Evangelidis, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office implemented the first ever county correctional facility Military Peer Support Group in the Commonwealth which provides additional support for current military employees and their families prior to, during and after deployment. In addition, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department has a policy of prioritzing all veteran new hires and veteran community service projects.