DeWine thanks National Guard members for pandemic work

SPRINGFIELD — With his dog Dolly in tow, Gov. Mike DeWine stopped by the Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield Friday to thank Ohio National Guard members for their work during the state’s health emergency.

It was the last day for the Guard to assist with food delivery and distribution at the Springfield facility and others like it around the state.

“Many members of the Guard have been deployed here for more than a year, making sure this food is going out,” DeWine said.

Second Harvest Food Bank Director Tyra Jackson had high praise for the Guard members during their deployment in Springfield.

“They have more than doubled our staff and have allowed us to meet that need during the pandemic,” Jackson said.

SMSGT. Sarah Berzes-Vaughn said while it was a great experience working at the food bank, she is anxious to return to her civilian jobs as a dental hygienist.

“I’m super excited to go and see my  patients. They all miss me a lot.  but I’m also going to miss  helping my community,” Berzez-Vaugh said.