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NO. R-61. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Evan E. Hodge of Stowe for his outstanding public service as a federal and state firearms-toolmarks examiner.

(J.R.S. 32)

Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County.

Whereas, a firearms-toolmarks examiner is a highly trained professional who performs an essential role in criminal investigations, and

Whereas, the elite corps of these specialists is employed at the nation’s federal law enforcement agencies, and

Whereas, Evan E. Hodge of Stowe reached the pinnacle of his profession in 1981 when he was appointed unit chief of the Firearms–Toolmarks Unit, in the Federal Bureau of Investigations laboratory, in Washington, D.C., a position he retained until 1988, and

Whereas, after honorably serving in the United States Army, he initially learned the essentials of tool construction in a college level apprentice program conducted by the General Electric Company at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and

Whereas, while serving in his first FBI assignment as a physical science technician at the firearms-toolmarks unit, Evan E. Hodge assisted in several historic criminal investigations, including the assassination of U.S. President Kennedy, and

Whereas, after graduating from both the University of Maryland and completing special agent training at the FBI Academy, he was assigned to perform field investigations in both Mobile, Alabama and Washington, D.C., and

Whereas, in 1988, upon conclusion of his tenure at the FBI, Evan E. Hodge became Vermont’s first full-time civilian supervisor at the forensic laboratory of the Criminal Justice Services Division of the Department of Public Safety, and

Whereas, in this role, he brought a new degree of technical expertise and sophistication to Vermont criminal investigations, and

Whereas, during his career, Evan E. Hodge pioneered and refined firearms-toolmarks examination courses at the FBI Academy, and

Whereas, he is among the most highly regarded firearms-toolmarks examiners in the country, having held important leadership roles in, and been honored by, the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners, and

Whereas, in the winter of 2001, Evan E. Hodge retired from state service, but plans to remain professionally active on an advisory basis, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly hereby honors Evan E. Hodge for his accomplishments as a firearms-toolmarks examiner for the both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Public Safety, and wishes him the very best in his future endeavors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Evan E. Hodge in Stowe.