VERMONT STATE POLICE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF AWARDS & PROMOTIONS
June 17, 2016
House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse
Waterbury VT – Tomorrow, June 17th in the House Chamber at Vermont’s Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont State Police Director Colonel Matthew Birmingham will take the opportunity to congratulate those who are receiving promotions within the Department of Public Safety and recognize employees of the department and members of our community for acts of heroism and community service. This annual event is special for an organization built on Public Service, where all of its members are committed to serving their communities to the best of their abilities.
Detective Lieutenant Kraig LaPorte as recognition of his leadership of the Major Crime Unit. Since its inception, the MCU has handled a total of 13 homicides and four officer involved shootings.
FBI Special Agent Christopher Destito as recognition of his partnership, dedication and commitment working with members of the Vermont Drug Task Force to fight the ongoing heroin epidemic in Vermont.
Trooper Derek Rolandini and K9 Kovu for actions taken on May 10, 2015 when they successfully located a man suffering with long term health issues who had wandered from his home into a large wooded area and became lost.
Sergeant Cory Lozier and civilian Beth Howe for actions taken on December 1, 2015 when they successfully rescued a driver from her burning vehicle on Interstate 89 in Colchester.
Civilian Sandra Stevens for actions taken on July 14, 2015 on behalf of a woman who was involved in a motorcycle accident on Camp Brook Road in Bethel.
Civilian Christopher Fanning for actions taken on November 4, 2015 to successfully rescue a woman from her burning residence on Everest Road in Milton.
Civilians Michael Lajoie and Marie Lajoie for actions taken on October 23, 2015 to successfully rescue a driver from his burning vehicle on Interstate 91 near mile marker 45 in Springfield.
DIVISION COMMANDER’S AWARD:
Detective Lieutenant Todd Baxter, Detective Sergeant Scott Dunlap, Detective Sergeant Richard Holden, Detective Sergeant John-Paul Schmidt and Detective Sergeant Jacob Zorn in recognition of your determination and hard work getting the newly formed Major Crime Unit up and running.
Vermont State Police Public Information Officer