New York Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Bryan Haynes, of Columbia, has been awarded the New York State Humane Service Medal for service in New York's response to Hurricane Irene.
The award recognizes service in response to members of New York's Organized Militia who distinguished themselves by sustained meritorious service in a humane operation as a result of a natural disaster, such as floods, snow storms, hurricanes, tornados and acts of mercy during State Active Duty service at the direction of the governor.
Haynes, serving with the National Guard's Headquarters, New York Air National Guard, was one more than 4,000 members of the New York National Guard who responded when Governor Andrew Cuomo activated the New York Army and Air National Guard and other components of the New York Military Forces when Hurricane Irene threatened the state on Aug. 28.
Carol A. Beatty, Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County, and the Community Action Council of Howard County are the recipients of the 2011 Human Rights Award, given by the Howard County Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission Award honors individuals, past and present, and community organizations who contributed to human and civil rights in Howard County. The purpose of the award is to recognize exemplary citizenship, dedicated leadership and outstanding achievement in eliminating or eradicating discrimination, while advancing human rights for all residents of Howard County.