HireQuest American Hero Awards

Each year HireQuest Inc. and the Higher Quest Foundation hold an event to honor true American heroes: our servicemen and women.

Formerly known as the Acrux/Trojan Labor Awards, the HireQuest American Hero Awards recognize the sacrifices our heroes and their families make for our country. We come together over breakfast to honor these sacrifices with two awards.

The first, the Ultimate American Hero Award, is given to the family member of a service member who has been killed while serving in the global war on terror.

The second, the American Hero Award, recognizes a service member for his or her meritorious action in combating the global war on terror.

The 2021 American Hero Awards Ceremony

On Tues., May 4, we will present the 2021 American Hero Awards during a breakfast ceremony on deck of the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Gen. James Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient, joins us for the 16th year as our honored guest speaker.

Watch the livestream below!


2021 Ultimate Hero Award Recipient: Maj. Edward J. Murphy, U.S. Army

Ed always wanted to be a solider. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 17 year old at Wando High School and served in the S.C. Army National Guard while studying at the University of South Carolina.

He was commissioned as an armor officer in 1992, and completed both the Airborne and Ranger School that same year. Ed’s service took him to Camp Pelham, South Korea; Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Tuzla, Bosnia; and, finally, Bagram, Afghanistan.

Ed was killed in southeast Afghanistan when an Army CH-47 Chinook crashed, killing everyone on-board. At the time, he was serving in the 509th Signal Battalion. Ed was a decorated veteran, a beloved colleague, and the adored husband of Barclay Murphy and their three children, Eddie, Elly, and Luke.

2021 American Hero Award Recipient: SFC Joshua White,  U.S. Army Special Forces

In 2005, Joshua enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming an infantryman before earning his green beret in Dec. 2006. As an engineer sergeant, he deployed to Afghanistan, Ecaudor, Colombia, and other locations.

He is a decorated veteran with three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Basic Airborne Insignia, the Special Forces Tab, and a number of other commendations.

A graduate of Ohio University, Joshua currently works with Venergy Group in Fort Pierce, Fla. Today, Joshua joins us with his wife, Meredith, and their three children, Jax, Mason, and Wyatt.