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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  112

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Rutland Hometown Heroes

Offered by:  Representatives Howard of Rutland City, Allaire of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Fallar of Tinmouth, Haas of Rochester, Helm of Castleton, Komline of Dorset, Louras of Rutland City, Malcolm of Pawlet, Nitka of Ludlow, Potter of Clarendon and Sunderland of Rutland Town

Whereas, the Central Vermont-New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross organized a “Salute to Rutland County Hometown Heroes,” and

Whereas, the salute honored individuals and organizations that have served their communities in many special and beneficial ways as either categorical winners or honorable mention recipients, and

Whereas, in the law enforcement category, the winner was Sgt. Charles Cacciatore of the Vermont State Police, who was recognized for “his bravery and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty,” whose many roles have included service as the Project DARE officer in Castleton, the Mill River Union High School’s resource officer (the first state police officer to hold such a position) and off duty as a Special Olympics volunteer, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Officer Michael Nesshover of the Rutland City Police Department, and

Whereas, in the education and training category, the winner was the Proctor school system’s family school coordinator, Peggy Bartlett, who the Proctor Community Kids nominated in recognition of all the things she has done for them as a counselor and friend, and honorable mention recognition was awarded to Foster Grandmothers of Northwest School, and

Whereas, in the firefighter category, the winner was Dennis Duby, a Pittsford volunteer firefighter who was honored for his quick response to the crash of a car into a house and the resulting human injury and fire, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to John Flory of Rutland Town for his many years of firefighting service in Rutland Town, and

Whereas, in the medical-rescue category, the winner was Mona Blanchard R.N. whose work as a pediatric nurse at the Rutland Regional Medical Center to save baby Christopher was honored, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Dr. Katherine Hession of Pediatrics Associates, and

Whereas, in the military/veteran category, the sole award was presented to “all Military Service Personnel for their bravery, commitment, and dedication to securing the safety of our country and our state,” and

Whereas, in the Good Samaritan youth category, the group winners were the junior firefighters of the Tinmouth volunteer fire department in recognition of their assistance to the department, and honorable mention recognition was awarded to Jessica Marie Conway of Rutland, and

Whereas, in the Good Samaritan adult category, the winner was Patty Sabotka “in recognition of creating ‘Carmey’s Angels’ in memory of her friend Carmey Munzer, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded  posthumously to the late Dorothy Dockum R.N., and

Whereas, in the animal rescue category, the winner was “Patches,” an English setter who resides in Fair Haven, and was instrumental in saving her owner Marti’s life when Marti experienced a diabetic emergency, and the honorable mention recognition was awarded to Rutland City Police personnel, including communications operator Lynette Gallipo, K-9 officer Matthew Prouty, and officer Earl “Frank” Post, and

Whereas, in the community impact category, there were three finalists including:  Stephen Costello of the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation who “for years has served on various community boards and supported many community organizations”; Sharen Underwood, who was recently sworn into the bar after reading the law and established the state’s first TRIAD program for seniors after serving as a lieutenant in the Rutland County sheriff’s department; and Michael Smith who has exhibited, “a strong commitment  to Pine Hill Park (in Rutland) and its accessibility to all local residents and outdoor enthusiasts,” and the honorable mention was awarded to Mary Waite R.N., the nurse at the Fair Haven Graded School, and Robert “Bob” Dean of Brandon, and

Whereas, all of the winners were honored at a special celebration held on March 12 at the Paramount Theater in Rutland City, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates all of the Rutland County Hometown Heroes, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send 22 copies of this resolution to the Rutland office of the Central Vermont- New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross in order to distribute one copy to each individual or institutional winner or honorable mention recipient and to retain a copy for its permanent records.




Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont