Bank honors employee for service
Nick Hoegler received a special thanks Tuesday morning.
First of all, employees and officers of First State Bank welcomed Hoegler with a breakfast in his honor. And then, bank president Kent Needham proclaimed the day at the bank as "Nicholas B. Hoegler Day."
Hoegler is a bank employee and a sergeant in the Army Reserves who in 2003 and early 2004 served in Iraq.
From May to February, Hoegler was stationed in Balad, which is about an hour north of Baghdad. Balad is in the Sunni Triangle.
Hoegler, who lives in Lawrence, is the son of Jerry and Tina Coleman, Tonganoxie. He is a 1998 graduate of Tonganoxie High School.
Needham, who presented Hoegler with a certificate, said he's proud of Hoegler.
"We're proud of his willingness to serve our country," Needham said. "Everyone at First State Bank has tried to follow him and support him by communicating through e-mail. Everyone here was concerned with how he was doing."
In Iraq, Hoegler worked as a Web master and network administrator. Hoegler, who has two years left in the Reserves, said he'll finish his time at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
Here's the wording to FSB's proclamation of Nicholas B. Hoegler Day:
Whereas, Nicholas B. Hoegler, Sgt. USAR, 3rd COSCOM (CA), has served as a loyal and steadfast member of the staff of First State Bank and Trust; and
Whereas, Nicholas faithfully answered the call to duty of our great country, the United States of America; and
Whereas, Nicholas honored the officers and employees of First State Bank and Trust, the citizens of Tonganoxie, Kansas, and all Americans, through his honorable and dedicated service in the war in Iraq; and
Whereas, we give thanks to God for Nicholas' safe return.
Now therefore, I, L. Kent Needham, President and CEO of First State Bank and Trust, do hereby proclaim April 20, 2004, as Nicholas B. Hoegler Day, in honor of the personal sacrifices Nicholas has made for all of us and our country.
L. Kent Needham, President and CEO, First State Bank and Trust