Joseph D. (Butch) Henderson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas was one of 154 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett with a 2013 Director’s Award.

On Aug. 8, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales recognized Henderson in a ceremony at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Beaumont.

In a personalized letter to the recipient, Attorney General Holder told Henderson: “Your contributions to your office’s mission and your exceptional service over the past 25 years are exemplary. For example, as a result of your dedication and commitment you ensured that computer systems remained operable during and after hurricanes by personally transporting diesel fuel to supply generators and spending days in storm-ravaged offices.”

“Each day the members of the US Attorneys’ community go to work for the citizens of this country with one goal in mind – to do everything they can to protect the rights of all Americans,” said EOUSA Director Jarrett. “I am continually humbled by their resiliency, dedication, and unparalleled work ethic to accomplish this noble mission. Today’s awardees exemplify what it truly means to be a patriot and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary service.”

Henderson has been an Information Technology (IT) Specialist in the Beaumont office since 1988, serving as the Supervisory IT Specialist for the Eastern District of Texas since 1996. A conscientious and dedicated public servant, Henderson is responsible for training employees with varying computer skills, keeping up with the most up-to-date technologies, implementing new programs and equipment when necessary and maintaining all computer systems in the six division offices.

Mr. Bales made the following comments regarding Henderson: “We have known for years that Butch was one of the most valuable members of our team; he truly is the power source for six offices, and he personally supports over a hundred fellow workers. Night and day, Butch has come to the rescue during critical times, and he never tires, or comlains. We are truly blessed to have a co-worker and friend like Butch.”

The Eastern District of Texas is broken down into six divisions and headquartered in Tyler. The other five divisions are Sherman, Beaumont, Lufkin, Marshall and Texarkana. The Sherman Division serves eight counties: Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins and Lamar. There is a United States Courthouse located in Plano. Click here to read more and learn about the Eastern District of Texas.