The accomplishments of a few exceptional state employees were recognized at the State House on Friday. 

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito got the chance to personally thank several state employees for making Massachusetts a better place.  

At the 34th annual Performance Recognition Awards Ceremony, plaques were handed out to individuals and groups for exceptional work and contributions to the Commonwealth. 

Award recipients included the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Springfield office.  

The governor thanked award recipients for their help with issues like housing, unemployment, and emergency management.  

“When I’m out and about, I hear over and over and over again about how impressed and pleased and grateful people all over the Commonwealth are for the work that you all do every single day,” said Gov. Baker.  

Also, in attendance was the family of Paul Cellucci. They handed out awards named after the late former governor, honoring several employees for their leadership and mentoring in state government. 

State officials said they look forward to the award ceremony every year because they get the chance to show their gratitude for some of the Commonwealth’s most exceptional employees.