A local fire chief is being recognized for supporting those who serve our country. Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette was given the Patriotic Employer Award today. It was created by the organization, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.The award publically recognizes people and businesses who help their employees enlisted in the military. Sargeant James Worchester – a member of the Augusta Fire Department – nominated Chief Audette for the award. He’s set to leave on his second deployment to Afghanistan this month. Audette says, “”I was very surprised and honored. I was not expecting it. I certainly appreciate the recognition and being the boss of the 50 firefighters that work for us and members like Jim Worchester is very easy for me.”Major General Bill Libby – the head of the Maine National Guard – helped present the award to Audette. Members of the Augusta City Council, the mayor and the city manager were also on hand for ceremony.