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NO. R-91.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Lance Cpl. Kurt Edward Dechen of Springfield.


Offered by:  Representatives Emmons of Springfield, Martin of Springfield, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Campbell, McCormack, Nitka, Ayer, Bartlett, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, Miller, Mullin, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, Marine Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen of Springfield served his country with pride and dedication, and

Whereas, he graduated from Springfield High School in 2001, and

Whereas, following his high school graduation, Kurt Duchen enrolled at Castleton State College where he studied criminal justice, and

Whereas, Kurt Duchen’s career goal was to serve the public as a police officer, and

Whereas, in 2003, his commitment to public service prompted him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, and he was most recently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, and

Whereas, in March 2005, Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen was deployed to Iraq as a member of Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendelton, California, and

Whereas, on Thursday, August 3, 2006, his 24th birthday, Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen was shot when enemy gunfire hit him in the course of a patrol in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, and

Whereas, sadly, he died from his wounds after being transported to a nearby military hospital, and

Whereas, although Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen missed his native Vermont and was looking forward to his scheduled return from Iraq in October 2006, he was proud to be serving his country and of his role as a United States Marine, and

Whereas, when not pursuing college studies or performing his military duties, he loved to be outdoors and was an avid snowmobiler and hunter, and he was a member of the Rod and Club in Perkinsville, and

Whereas, Kurt Dechen was a man with an infectious smile, a love of country music, and a loyal circle of friends, and

Whereas, he was a parishioner of the First Congregational Church of Springfield, and

Whereas, Kurt Dechen played a fundamental role in the lives of his surviving family members, including his parents, Richard and Dale Dechen, his brother, Justin, his maternal grandmother, Virginia H. Freeman, and in that of his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Knight, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound condolences to the family of Lance Cpl. Kurt Edward Duchen of Springfield, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard and Dale Dechen in Springfield and Virginia H. Freeman in Chester.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont