State teammates honored for years of service

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP Teammates were recognized by the governor's office for their years of public service to the State of Nebraska.

Teammates were recognized by the governor's office for their years of public service to the State of Nebraska. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley was present at Tuesday's ceremony that was held at Mid-Plains Community College Belton Campus.

About 75 teammates were honored for their combined 17,705 years of service.

While not all teammates were able to attend, Foley says it's important to honor state employees for their hard work and dedication, even when the job gets tough.

"It feels good to see other people who put in the work, the time and are recognized for their efforts - there is not all of that in the public sector, they don't see us and what we do for them." said Douglas Gertsch, who was honored for his 40 years of service to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. "They don't like it too much when you are building it but, they sure appreciate it when you are done."

Ceremonies are scheduled throughout the end of the month across the state.

1,670 employees will be honored for their combined total of 35,315 years of public service.