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Vt. State Police honor Vt. National Guard

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Col. Tom L'Esperance Col. Tom L'Esperance

The Vermont National Guard received some special recognition from the Vermont State Police.

In a ceremony Thursday morning at Camp Johnson, the state police presented an award recognizing the Army Guard's aviation unit and its pilots for their help with aerial searches.

Vermont State Police do not have their own helicopters, and time and again they call on the Guard for help in finding lost and missing people or wanted fugitives.

"When I meet with my counterparts from across the country-- the other colonels-- they'll ask, the conversation will come up about an air wing- 'What kind of air wing do you have?' I tell them we have the best air wing in the country, we have the Vermont National Guard. So, we have the best and you are always there for us. I mean that," said Col. Tom L'Esperance, the commander of the Vt. State Police.

The colonel says while working as a trooper he always felt reassured to have a Guard chopper overhead. And he said many a family has been brought joy when a chopper locates a missing loved one.

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