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Nurse gets a welcome surprise for her support of servicemen

NICEVILLE — Shaun Lampron’s eyes were misty most of Friday after she was presented the Patriot Award for her support and dedication to her employees working in the military.

Lampron, chief of nursing at Twin Cities Hospital, said she learned last week that one of her employees nominated her for the award. She had no idea that she would be greeted by a roomful of applause with her husband, daughter and peers waiting to congratulate her.

“It was just an honor,” Lampron said. “It’s overwhelming that one of my individuals would take the time to nominate me. We go on doing our day-to-day and do what we do and don’t give it a thought. I support the military because of what they do for us, what they do for our personal freedoms and the sacrifices they make.

“It’s a privilege to assist them in this small way so they can protect us.”

Lampron was presented the award by Capt. Angela Sanders of 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, and Terry Dawkins, a volunteer for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.

Military reservists nominate employers for their outstanding support of military duties. In her leadership role at Twin Cities Hospital, Lampron has shown support above and beyond what is required by law, according to Jenni Brunson, marketing manager for Twin Cities.

Lampron has been a nurse for 39 years, more than half that time at Twin Cities. She said she would never want to be in another profession.

“It’s just something I’ve embraced,” she said. “I love helping other people. Nursing is the epitome of the career field because it’s so diversified and it’s a daily learning experience.

“We get to provide care and comfort to people in a time of need and on joyous occasions. Those are experiences you can’t explain.”

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