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Yes! Yes, I HAVE wanted the police to pump my gas! It would be a dweam come twue…..
“Swimming is my favorite sport, I’ve loved swimming ever since I was a little girl,” said Caroline Gillen, a Special Olympics Athlete.
Gillen is a competitive free-style swimmer.
“I’ve been doing first place, second place maybe some ribbons,” she said.
But on Saturday, she was a volunteer.
Special Olympics parent Darcie Allen said the fundraiser is important, “We’re just here to offer our services to pump some gas and wash some windows and hopefully get some information out on our group and Special Olympics itself,” Allen said.
Allen is a parent and volunteer of the Rutland Eagles Special Olympics team, the team pumped gas and washed windows at the Circle K in Rutland on Saturday, the group received donations on site and will benefit from every gallon Circle K sells. It’s Irving oil’s largest New England Fundraiser called Irvings fueling dreams.
The man on the phone had a crazy story, something about a religious artifact stolen from a church in Boston. As Vermont State Trooper Steven Cuttita waited for him to come to the barracks, he started Googling.
“It seemed a little far-fetched to me, but I had to check it out anyway,’’ Cuttita said in an interview yesterday.
Six weeks after one of the Archdiocese of Boston’s most precious possessions was stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, the object — a bit of wood Catholics believe to be a relic of the cross on which Jesus was crucified — turned up in a trailer park in rural Vermont.
It is not clear who took it or how the theft was executed. And the man who turned it in has disappeared.
But the relic is back in the hands of the archdiocese, and local Catholics were jubilant yesterday when they heard about its safe return.
Vermont State Police honored several members Thursday for actions under pressure and noted six troopers who are being deploying to Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard.
The award recipients:
Sgt. Thomas A. Mozzer Jr. won the prestigious and rarely given medal of honor and the combat cross for his role in an November 2008 incident. State police described the case this way: Mozzer responded to a call from a Proctor woman worried about her husband, found him in an upstairs bedroom holding a handgun. The man rushed Mozzer, fled then returned to the room and exchanged gunfire with Mozzer, who halted the man with non-life-threatening wounds. Mozzer tended to the man’s wounds, then helped the couple’s 6-year-old son out of the house.
Trooper First Class Stacy Corliss won the combat cross for her response to a house where a man was pointing a gun at his brother. State police said that the gunman retreated to his apartment and reportedly fired a shot. The gunman ran down the stairs pointed the gun at Corliss. She fired and though she did not hit him, he dropped to the ground and surrendered.
Lt. Michael Macarilla won the Lifesaving Award for his actions Nov. 19, 2008, when he was training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and a classmate had a heart attack as he was crossing the finish line in a physical fitness run. State police said Macarilla joined with others in providing first aid.
Senior Trooper Jonathan Graham won the Lifesaving Award for his actions July 30 in Weathersfield, where people were stranded in the fast-moving Black River. Graham, also a chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, had a dry suit and life jacket in his car, reached a young girl who was unable to reach shore and could not swim.
Senior Trooper Michael Kamerling won the Lifesaving Award for his actions Sept. 21, when he observed a car that Essex police reported they were seeking. As Kamerling followed the car, state police said, it went off the road and struck a tree, catching on fire. Kamerling opened the driver’s door, unbuckled the unconscious driver and pulled him to safety.
Trooper First Class Robert Zink, Trooper Second Class Wayne Godfrey, Deputy Sheriff Joel Howard, Walter Gould of Bennington County, Albany Med Flight Officer Thomas Bull, Bennington Police Officer Anthony Silvestro, Bennington Police Detective Michael Plusch and Robin Breese of Bennington police were given the Lifesaving Award for their response to a car crash on Vermont 9 near the New York border. State police said the driver was trapped in the car and the group put out a fire and provided medical assistance.
Karen Bradley won the Commissioner’s Award for her role on the State Police Advisory Committee. She has served on the panel for more than 24 years, the last 16 as chairwoman before leaving to become a side judge.
Sgt. Stephen McNamara and Trooper First Class Peter Dempsey won the Director’s Award for their response to a burglary Nov. 17, 2008. State police said the suspect threatened the two with a golf club. The suspect was shot and surrendered.
Detective Sgt. Walter Smith, Detective Sgt. Charles Holden, Barre City Police Detective Hal Hayden were honored with the Director’s Award for their work on the 1982 murder of Pamela Brown in Barre. The three were credited with reviewing information and conducting new interviews following a match on the DNA database that led to the February arrest of Theodore Caron.
Adam Woodworth was given the Director’s Award for his work in developing the state’s new Amber Alert system.
Detective Trooper Amy Borsari was given the Division Commander’s Award for solving a case that involved the theft of a state police M-16 A1 rifle and ammunition out of a police car in August 2008. Borsari was credited with conducting an intense and difficult investigation that resulted in arrest.
ATF Special Agent in Charge James Mostyn won the Division Commander’s Award for his contributions to state police investigations.
Three new members were inducted into the Vermont Police K-9 Hall of Fame, Friday.
The new inductees include a man who has worked at the K-9 training academy for years and two K-9 officer teams.
Sergeant Eric Albright and his dog Luca served as a team with the Vermont State Police for eight years. In that time they seized over $1 million and hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs.
Albright says it is an honor to be in the hall of fame and to be a K-9 handler.
“I would prefer to have something with teeth, hair and eyeballs in the car anytime over a human partner,” says Sgt. Albright. “He’s just been fantastic, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Some of the best years of my career.”
There are now 16 police K-9 teams in the Hall of Fame.
A 21-year veteran of the state police force has been picked to lead it.
Major Thomas L’Esperance will become the next director of the Vermont State Police, replacing Col. James Baker, who is retiring at the end of June.
L’Esperance started his career as a trooper in Brattleboro in 1987. He’s worked as a detective, lieutenant and is currently in charge of the state police criminal division.
Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Tremblay says L’Esperance is a proven leader and trusted public servant.
L’Esperance takes over as head of the state police on June 30.
SHAFTSBURY — The two newest additions to the Vermont State Police barracks here aren’t exactly green.Troopers Robert Zink and James Wright both reported for duty on Aug. 10, Lt. Reg Trayah, station commander of the Shaftsbury barracks, said.
Both have local ties
Zink formerly worked with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, from 2001-05 and then with the Bennington Police Department before becoming a state trooper. “I like being able to work where I grew up,” Zink said.
Zink said that he wanted to be a trooper in part because of the career options. “It’s better for my career; I feel there’s a lot more opportunity.”
One of those opportunities is being part of the Motor Vehicle Reconstruction Team, the branch of the state police that investigates crash scenes. Zink said that after working in law enforcement for as long as he had, he’d seen the various kinds of jobs there are to perform, and accident investigation was one area he did well in, so he decided to focus his skills in that direction.
Wright, who began his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Wilmington Police Department, moved to the sheriff’s department in 2003 before going to the Shaftsbury barracks. “I originally wanted to be a game warden,” said Wright, who eventually became a canine handler with the sheriff’s department.
He would like to work with dogs again with the state police, but said he had to serve for two years before he could be considered. “There’s no experience quite like it,” he said. “I think I could do canine until I retired.”Because of their previous police experience, the learning curve for the new job is significantly shorter than it would be for a new recruit, Trayah said. Both only had to go through three weeks of pre-basic training, followed by a 36-day Field Training Officer program, where they are shown the ins and outs of their new duties by experienced troopers, he said.
Trayah said the only major changes between the state level and the local is how paperwork is processed. Most of the arrest procedures are the same.
What isn’t the same is the scope of their new jobs. Both Zink and Wright said that the increased area of coverage was a challenge, but one they felt excited to meet. Wright said that learning how to navigate all of their patrol zones was something that took time. “It’s a long process, but I can get around pretty easily now,” he said.
The volume of calls is also much greater at the Shaftsbury barracks than at his previous job, Wright said. Every day since he began he has found himself in a new situation. “That’s the nice thing about it. Your world is always changing.”
Zink said the larger area was helping to fine tune his law enforcement skills. He said that often the state police were stretched thin compared to the local police and he now had to get by with less backup than he had before.
Some old challenges remain, Zink said. Time away from his family, he said, is the hardest part, but as he had been working nights his entire career, his family has learned to cope.
“I like the fact that with these two, I’m up to full strength,” Trayah said, adding that the state police would now be able to take a more pro-active role in the community, such as performing regular safety checks on area schools.
Fourteen troopers are currently stationed at the Shaftsbury barracks.