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(J.R.H. 176)

Offered by: Representative Morrissey of Bennington.

Whereas, Henry "Hank" Haverkoch served with pride and extraordinary dedication for two decades as an officer in the Bennington Police Department, and

Whereas, he was known for both his keen professional judgment and savvy "street-smart" knowledge of policing, and

Whereas, Hank Haverkoch earned a degree in criminal justice at Southern Vermont College, and

Whereas, as a member of the United States Air Force, he rose to the rank of sergeant, fought in Vietnam, and after his honorable discharge, became active in veterans' organizations, and

Whereas, Hank Haverkoch assumed a leadership role in the Vermont Police Association, serving as the organization's president, and as both a trustee and editor of its Informer Magazine, and

Whereas, when not protecting the citizens of Bennington, Hank Haverkoch was a youth mentor at Mount Anthony Union High School, where he was an assistant coach or statistician for several athletic teams, including junior varsity baseball, varsity football and girls' varsity basketball, and

Whereas, most importantly he was a loving husband, stepfather, son and brother, and much admired member of the Bennington community, and

Whereas, Hank Haverkoch's life was tragically cut short when he died at the age of 53 after a heroic battle against cancer that forced him to retire just weeks before his untimely death, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Henry "Hank" Haverkoch, a model citizen whose passing is a loss for all of Bennington, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Captain Richard Gauthier at the Bennington Police Department, Vanessa Haverkoch in North Bennington, Catherine Haverkoch in Willingboro, New Jersey, and Patrick Haverkoch in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.