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(J.R.S. 94)

Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County.

Whereas, Essex County Sheriff Amos Colby, a former member of the House of Representatives, has long been respected for the professionalism with which he performs his law enforcement duties on behalf of the county, and

Whereas, on August 19, 1997, an early afternoon quadruple slaying, in nearby Colebrook, New Hampshire, of two New Hampshire state troopers, a newspaper editor and a judge, sparked a massive law enforcement manhunt that encompassed federal, state and county law enforcement officers from New Hampshire and Vermont, and

Whereas, suspecting that the assailant was fleeing the crime scene Southbound on U.S. Route 3 in New Hampshire, Sheriff Colby was called upon to participate in pursuing and finding the suspect, and upon learning that the assailant had crossed the Connecticut River into Essex County, Vermont at Bloomfield, Sheriff Colby established a roadblock on Vermont Route 102 in Maidstone, and

Whereas, after learning the assailant had proceeded to Dennis Pond Road in Brunswick, Sheriff Colby drove to that location and learned from two area residents that the stolen police car used by the assailant was parked on a little-used spur road, and

Whereas, five law enforcement officers, including Sheriff Colby, began searching the area, and

Whereas, upon seeing the law enforcement officers, the assailant opened fire, striking three officers, and

Whereas, Sheriff Colby then organized and led the effort to evacuate and bring to safety one of his wounded colleagues, U.S. Border Patrol Officer John Pfeifer, again exposing himself to continuing gunfire, and

Whereas, Sheriff Colby was awarded the New Hampshire State Police Medal of Merit and the Vermont State Police Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership, and

Whereas, Sheriff Colby's actions on August 19, 1997 represent meritorious action in the line of duty, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly acknowledges and recognizes the extraordinary bravery and law enforcement leadership of Essex County Sheriff Amos Colby and hereby thanks him for a job well done, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sheriff Colby and to the assistant judges of Essex County, requesting that they permanently display this resolution in a place of public view and prominence in the Essex County Courthouse in Guildhall.