President Obama on Thursday met with the finalists and winners of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America awards, which recognize federal workers for exceptional service.
This year’s medal for Federal Employee of the Year went to Tara Palmore and Julie Segre, who made groundbreaking use of DNA sequencing to end the 2011 outbreak of a hospital-acquired “superbug” that killed seven patients and sickened many others. The two NIH workers used DNA to map a deadly bacteria’s path and help stop its spread.
All told, the “Sammies” include nine awards in categories ranging from Career Achievement to the more specific Homeland Security and Law Enforcement.
View all of the award recipients with the Post’s slideshow of 2013 Service to America winners.
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