Leonard Deonarine, Tenet’s director of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, volunteers his time supporting disaster relief efforts as a member of the Texas State Guard.
Most recently, he opened and operated an emergency evacuation shelter for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The shelter, initially equipped to serve up to 250 evacuees, supported close to 2,000 at the height of the storm. The shelter provided food, cots, blankets and medical equipment for those affected—most notably keeping spirits up despite hardships and supply shortages.
In recognition of his incredible efforts, the State of Texas promoted Deonarine to Staff Sergeant and honored him with the Adjutant General’s Individual Award on Sunday, April 29. Recipients of this award are members of the Texas military forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Texas military forces, have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or outstanding service, when such action or duty is extremely noteworthy.
“I am humbled to receive this recognition and honored to serve,” said Deonarine. “Managing a supply crisis in the middle of a national disaster taught me many valuable lessons and I highly encourage others to participate in volunteer activities related to disaster relief. The experiences I’ve had are invaluable, both for my own fulfillment and for the lessons learned I can bring back to Tenet to support emergency management when our operations experience similar events.”
This will be Deonarine's third major service award. Previously, he received a Meritorious Service Award and two Commanding General’s Individual Awards. The Adjutant General commands the Texas Army National Guard, The Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard.