Nursing officer shows outstanding support to National Guard

Pictured left to right are ESGR volunteer Tyler Schiele, Chief Nursing Officer Ingrid Long, Sergeant First Class Nichole Smith, Command Sergeant Major Kathy Zwiefel, and Colonel Cole Kelly of the U.S. National Guard. Torrington Community Hospital publicly recognized the continued efforts by Long to support and assist current employees presently serving in the Guard. Rhett Breedlove/Torrington Telegram

TORRINGTON – One may or may not be surprised to know just how many of our coworkers and employees are actually serving in the U.S. Military.

Whether serving Active or on Reserve, obliging in the Armed Forces is definitely what all of us would consider the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, our homes, our friends and of course our families.

When it comes to dedicating everything we have in ensuring that things remain peacefully free at home and abroad, our brothers and sisters in uniform must absolutely have the proper support and encouragement needed to serve their duty honorably.

Torrington resident and hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Ingrid Long, was honored with the very prestigious Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award (ESGR) Wednesday morning.

Dozens of hospital staff gathered in the cafeteria, along with several National Guard personnel to recognize and honor Long for her endless devotion and support to the U.S. military.

Long was nominated by employee and registered nurse, Sergeant First Class Nichole Smith, who not only fulfills full-time duties in helping the sick and injured at Torrington’s hospital, but also is currently serving in the National Guard.

ESGR volunteer and Guernsey resident, Tyler Schiele, presented Long with her very deserved award and recognition.

“Freedom is not free,” Schiele said as he presented Long with her plaque. Schiele further noted that it is the infinite support of employers like Long that keeps honorable men, and women like Sergeant Smith in uniform defending our freedom.

With graceful humility, along with joyful tears of appreciation, Long accepted her very conspicuous award.

Looking at her employee in uniform who nominated her, Long said in the direction of Sergeant Smith, “I really do appreciate this, but this really comes down to what you guys do.”

The room was met with vivacious applause from both hospital staff and Guard Officers, while Long was offered the first piece of an intricate, domestic celebration cake for all her efforts.

For more information on the ESGR Award, feel free to visit or call 1-800-336-4590.