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Mercury Marine employee honored for military support

A maintenance supervisor at Mercury Marine was honored with a Patriot Award for extraordinary support of employee Katchen Tofil, who is in the Navy Reserve.

A Department of Defense agency honored a maintenance supervisor at Mercury Marine with a Patriot Award for extraordinary support of employee Katchen Tofil, who is in the Navy Reserve.

The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee honored Tim Pickart this week for his “superior support to the military employee and her family.”

“Tim has provided outstanding support and cooperation and has exhibited a patriotic spirit, which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award,” agency chairman Mike Williams said in a statement.

"I feel Tim deserves this award because he supports all the time off that I have needed in order to do my duties for the Navy,” Tofil said in her nomination. “The one thing that stands out to me was the time when my mother had a stroke and Tim made it possible for me to take days off of work on an extremely short notice in order for me to make the time for my mother and then the time to fulfill my Navy requirements.”

"I am honored and humbled by this award,” Pickart said. “Strong employees like Katchen are what make me enjoy coming to work and allow me to be successful in my role at Mercury Marine. I appreciate her ongoing commitment to our company and to our country. I feel we have a duty to help our military veterans after they've served our country. When we come across a candidate with military background, we know they will have the qualities we look for in a new hire, such as character, work ethic and the ability to work in a team."

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