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Top honors for some Vermont troopers

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

They came to honor their own under the Golden Dome. Twenty-seven troopers were promoted at the annual ceremony. It's a time for family and friends of this tight-knit community to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

"Thank you for being awake on the roads in the middle of the night so the rest of us can sleep soundly," said Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont.

Col. Tom L'Esperance, the head of the Vermont State Police, reminded them of the dangers of the job.

"Every day and evening they leave their homes, they leave loved ones to wonder if they will come back," L'Esperance said.

That risk became clear last winter when two troopers responded to a shooting in Leicester. A man had shot his neighbor. Sgt. Eugene Duplissis and Tpr. Matthew Daley were among others at the scene.

"You engaged in combat with an armed individual and approached the suspect residence so a fellow wounded trooper could be moved from the scene," the announcer said.

Daley was hit in the head by birdshot fragments. Duplissis was also was hit in the head as he removed his fellow trooper.

"This is an imminent act of heroism at imminent personal hazard of life in combat with an armed adversary," the announcer said.

Both Duplissis and Daley received the Combat Cross and Purple Heart. Duplissis also received the Medal of Honor; it's the highest honor from the Vermont State Police.

Daley was transported to the hospital; he never lost consciousness. He made sure that he talked to his pregnant wife as soon as he could.

"That was a difficult call to try to make and try to downplay as much as you can, but she took it very well," Daley said.

Duplissis has been a trooper for 14 years and downplayed the honor.

"There are a lot of stressful days in a career like this and it's hard to add them all up," Duplissis said.

The shooter was taken into custody unhurt and his case is pending.

The head of the state police called both men heroes.

"The citizens of Vermont should be proud of the state police for what they accomplished or what we accomplished that morning," L'Esperance said.

Full list of promotions and awards:

PROMOTIONS:

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham

Major Glenn E. Hall Jr.

Captain Robert P. Cushing

Captain Jean-Paul Sinclair

Captain Paul H. White

Lieutenant Lance W. Burnham

Lieutenant Michael S. Manley, Jr.

Lieutenant John P. Merrigan

Lieutenant Matthew J. Nally, Sr.

Lieutenant Garry M. Scott

Lieutenant Walter Smith

Senior Sergeant Frederick H. Cornell

Sergeant Todd D. Ambroz

Sergeant Casey J. Daniell

Sergeant Lyle R. Decker

Sergeant Brandon L. Doll

Sergeant Scott T. Dunlap

Sergeant Karl A. Gardner

Sergeant Aimee Nolan

Sergeant Megan A. Sheridan

Sergeant David C. White II

Sergeant Todd Wilkins

Corporal Owen Ballinger

Corporal Jonathan Graham

Corporal Michelle LeBlanc

Corporal Mark Magnant

Corporal Brian Tallmadge

PSAP Administrator Kerry Skochin

Emergency Communication Supervisor Scott Bryant

AWARDS:

COMMISSIONER'S AWARD:

Vermont Drug Task Force members statewide for their aggressive, coordinated operations to arrest those exploiting the drug trade trying to claim Vermont as a new found market place.

DIRECTOR'S AWARD:

Detective Sergeant Thomas "Lee" Hodsden for his exceptional diligence as a Drug Diversion Investigator regarding the prescription drug problems in Vermont.

Trooper Eric Patno to recognize him for his actions during the shooting on North Main Street in St. Albans on September 25, 2013.

LIFESAVING AWARD:

Trooper Matthew Johnson to recognize his efforts in providing aid to a suicidal person in Richford on June 10, 2013.

Emergency Communication Dispatcher Andrew Boyens for actions he took on June 20, 2013 when he provided CPR instructions to a 911 caller whose mother had stopped breathing. The CPR was successful and the woman was later transported to the hospital in fair condition.

Trooper Brittani Barone and Trooper Giancarlo Di Genova to recognize their efforts in providing aid to a suicidal person in Eden on July 21, 2013.

Trooper John Bruzzi to recognize his efforts when he provided aid to a person in a wheel chair who was choking at a local establishment on August 19, 2013 in St. Albans.

Trooper Robert Zink to recognize his efforts when he provided aid to a person who was choking at a restaurant in New York on September 13, 2013.

NHSP Sergeant Todd Cohen and family and civilian Gregory Page for their efforts at the scene of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in the Town of Barnet on December 22, 2013.

DIVISION COMMANDER'S AWARD:

Detective Robert Patten to recognize him for the leadership role he took with regard to the rash of residential burglaries in Addison County in 2013.

Barracks Clerk Stephanie Taylor to recognize her for the extra work she did with the organization and assistance matching paperwork with items stolen from the rash of residential burglaries in Addison County in 2013.

Trooper Benjamin Katz to recognize him for his extra work seeking solutions to the many jewelry and other precious metal thefts over the past 18 months.

Sergeant Douglas Norton and Trooper Christopher Loyzelle to recognize them for their efforts when called to a home that turned out to be the scene of a homicide in Pittsford on July 5, 2013.

Trooper Daniel Martin and Detective Trooper Daniel Trottier to recognize them for investigative efforts in regard to a fatal leaving the scene of an accident case that occurred on January 15, 2014.

COMBAT CROSS and PURPLE HEART:

Sergeant Eugene Duplissis and Trooper Matthew Daley for actions taken on April 6, 2014 when they were both injured by gunfire while working to maintain control of the scene where the suspect was inside a residence shooting out the window in their direction.

MEDAL OF HONOR:

Sergeant Eugene Duplissis for actions taken on April 6, 2014 when he approached the shooting suspect's residence to provide cover so injured Trooper Daley could get to safety.

COLONEL THOMAS POWLOVICH CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Senior Sergeant Thomas Jacques for his work with the Wellness Program, as the Assistant Team Leader of the Members Assistance Team and involvement statewide with the physical fitness testing for all members.

SERGEANT WILLIAM CHENARD SEARCH AND RESCUE AWARD:

Civil Air Patrol Cadets who responded to the scene of the 1944 B-24 crash on Camel's Hump. Members of the party were Edwin Steele DMD - group leader as Medical Officer in the Vermont State Guard, CAP Cadet Peter Mason - High school senior, CAP Cadet Robert Ladd - High school senior, CAP Cadet Malcolm Nelson - High school senior, CAP Cadet Richard Izor - High school sophomore, and CAP Cadet Rolland Lafayette - High school junior

CERTIFICATE OF CITATION:

Sandra Holbrook, Carol Cross and Major Wesley Newman, Retired - To recognize them for their leadership role in the creation of the Vermont State Police Archive Center & Museum at the St. Albans Barracks thus maintaining the rich history of the Vermont State Police.

Kenneth G. Kelly, M.A. - to recognize him for his work and dedication as a Clinical Consultant to the members of the Vermont State Police over the past 25 years.

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