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Aspirus nurse supervisor receives surprise military award

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Nurse Patriot Award

LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -- Working as an ICU nurse and being in the military isn't easy, but the flexibility that one nurse supervisor gave her employee allowed him to do both.

On Tuesday, nurse supervisor Whitney Headson was thanked in a special way.

Nico Elwardt is part of the National Guard and also works as a registered nurse at Aspirus Langlade County.

He was on duty on Tuesday to honor Headson, his supervisor who has made a difference at the hospital.

"She is a patriot and loves God and her country very much but more than that she is a really good person," said Elwardt. "She fights battles for us all day long and she has enabled me to do both my job at the hospital and in the reserves."

He nominated Headson for the Patriot Award, and she had no idea.

"I'm in total shock mostly because I wasn't expecting this. I didn't even know this type of award existed but I am very honored," said Headson.

Her willingness to help Elwardt serve in every way possible is what made it a no-brainer for her to be the recipient of this award.

"Anybody who serves I have incredible respect for so it's easier to accommodate and make it easier for them to serve," said Headson.

Even though she isn't in uniform, Headson is serving our country just by helping Elwardt serve us.

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