SL woman honored for her support

Judy Burr was proud to be walking by co-worker Mike Harris' side as they participated in a tour of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock on Tuesday morning.
Becky Vargo
Aug 4, 2012


While other Shape Corp. co-workers were busy on the job, the Spring Lake woman had earned her place on the tour as the Patriot Award winner for the Michigan chapter of the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve.

“Mike nominated me for the Patriot Award,” said Burr, a quality control leader at the Grand Haven company. “While he was gone on reserve duty, I called his wife two times a week and checked on her.”

Harris, of Grand Haven, is in the Navy Reserves and part of the Navy Operational Support Unit of Battle Creek.

"While I was away on training for four weeks in Fort Worth, Texas ... she supported me above and beyond what any other boss that I have ever had," Harris said. "Some of the things that she did was calling my wife twice a week to check up on her and my two kids, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. She assisted my wife with a broken window in our house while I was gone; and one of the greatest helps was taking up a collection from the management team at Stampings to help my family out financially."

The two joined officials from Shape Corp. and other companies who partnered with the support chapter, on the ship tour after watching a search-and-rescue demonstration put on by Coast Guard personnel aboard a helicopter and the 47-foot lifeboat.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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