Vermont State Police annual presentation of awards & promotions

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Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:54am -- Denise Sortor

The Vermont State Police held its Annual Awards Ceremony on Sept 6, 2019, in the House Chamber of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Gov Phil Scott, Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Schirling and Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the state police, honored members of the agency and others for acts of heroism and community service. They also recognized 28 sworn and two civilian members of the state police who are receiving promotions.

“I am pleased and proud to recognize the members of the Vermont State Police and the public who have provided exemplary service to the people of Vermont,” Gov. Scott said. “I know I speak for all Vermonters when I say how appreciative and grateful we are for these dedicated public servants.”

Added Col. Birmingham: “Every year we take time to honor and say thank you to members of our organization and the public who embody the best of the Vermont State Police, risk their lives for their fellow Vermonters, and uphold VSP’s core values: courage, honor and integrity.”

The following individuals received awards and promotions:

Awards

Director’s Award

•             Detective Sgt. Megan Sheridan – For her exemplary work in the Helen Jones homicide.

•             Betty Wheeler – For her outstanding work on the data collection project.

Division Commander’s Award

•             Sgt. Travis Valcourt – For his lifesaving efforts on August 16, 2018, in Westminster.

Lifesaving Award

•             Angela McDevitt – For actions taken Feb. 14, 2018, when she came forward with information of a possible plot to shoot and kill students at Fair Haven Union High School.

•             Trooper Charles Gardner - For actions taken Aug. 11, 2018, when he responded to a call for assistance regarding a man suffering from a drug overdose.

•             Damien Larose – For actions taken Dec. 28, 2018, when he entered a burning building to rescue a woman in distress.

•             Trooper Stacey Corliss; Sgt. Daniel Solomita, Hartford Police Department; and Patrolman Aleya Leombruno, Hartford Police Department – For actions taken May 18, 2019, when they assisted in saving the life of a civilian attempting to take their own life.

•             William Mayo, Charles McAllister, and Scott Ovitt – For their actions taken June 26, 2019, when they assisted in saving the lives of two civilians trapped in a burning building.

Promotions

Major

•             Daniel E. Trudeau—November 11, 2018

•             James R. Whitcomb—February 3, 2019

Captain

•             Scott T. Dunlap—January 6, 2019

•             Julie C. Scribner—March 17, 2019

•             Garry M. Scott—April 14, 2019

Lieutenant

•         Robert W. McKenna, Jr.—October 14, 2018

•         Eric S. Albright—December 23, 2018

•         Tara L. Thomas—December 23, 2018

•         Michael J. Dion—March 31, 2019

•         Christopher D. Barber—April 28, 2019

•         Hugh B. O’Donnell, IV – July 21, 2019

•         Matthew R. Daley – August 4, 2019

Sergeant

•             Cari L. Crick—February 3, 2019

•             Eric S. Jollymore—February 3, 2019

•             Jacob A. Metayer—February 3, 2019

•             Jay D. Riggen—February 3, 2019

•             Robert A. Rider—March 31, 2019

•             Benjamin J. Barton—April 28, 2019

•             James A. Vooris—May 12, 2019

•             Brett P. Flansburg – July 7, 2019

Corporal

•             Travis M. Hess—January 20, 2019

•             Joseph E. Pregent-January 20, 2019

•             Darryl M. Cremo – July 12, 2019

•             Bryson N. Lunderville – July 12, 2019

•             Eric C. Patno – July 12, 2019

•             Gary T. Salvatore, Jr. – July 12, 2019

PSAP Emergency Communication Supervisor

•             Brian Constable – July 7, 2019

•             Dana Macias – July 7, 2019