An employee of the Lawrence County Health Department has received a statewide honor. Andrew Paul Freiburger has been named the Rookie Environmental Specialist of the Year by the Missouri Environmental Health Association.
Freiburger has been employed in the Lawrence County Health Department's Environmental Services Section in Mt. Vernon for the past two years. He was hired after graduating from Missouri State University in Springfield as an environmental public health specialist I.
The MEHA presents this award to the person who has been employed as a sanitarian or inspector for less than five years and who demonstrates a strong commitment to public health issues and demonstrates excellence while performing the duties of his or her job.
According to Gary F. Boone, Freiburger's supervisor who nominated him for the Rookie of the Year award, Freiburger has willingly accepted additonal responsibilities and increased workload, conducting his sanitation inspections in a "thoroughly professional, impartial manner, accenting correction by instruction rather than criticism."
Boone also commended Freiburger for his pride in personal appearance and his exemplary performance and knowledge. As a result of Freiburger's ability to take on a full work load, he was placed in the lead role for administering a stream testing sub-grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In this capacity, Freiburger works two weekends a month to complete this task.
"Andrew continues to strive toward improvement," said Boone in his nomination letter. "His exemplary performance, complete devotion to duty and his untiring efforts distinguish him as one of the exceptional new environmental public health specialists who rightfully belong in the top percentage of the environmental health profession."
Freiburger has also worked with the Lawrence County Health Department administrator and nursing supervisors to ensure security of the countywide H1N1 immunization clinics. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he serves as a member of the Parish Council and the Holy Trinity Men's Organization.
"Andrew's outstanding performance has enabled the Environmental Services Section, not only to maintain a high level of professional work load while increasing the scope of work compound," Boone said.