The American Legion Department of Vermont
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Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0396  Telephone: 802-223-7131

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44th Annual Vermont American Legion Law Cadet Program
that was completed on June 27, 2014


In the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution, which we recite at the beginning of every meeting, we pledge ourselves to ten purposes, among which are: (1) to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; (2) to maintain law and order; (3) to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; (5) to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; and (8) to promote peace and good-will on earth.

To this end, we strive to maintain law and order in our homes, Posts and communities. We also honor those "unsung heros" of our lives - the paid and unpaid law officers, firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics - who give unselfishly of themselves every day that we might have freedom and protection from harm.

The hours that they give are often "above and beyond the call of duty", and frequently they are not compensated at a fair market value. Their families also give of themselves in this effort, as many hours are spent away from home in their professional dedication to their fellow man.

Graduates from The American Legion Robert H. Vincelette Law Cadet Program at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford on June 27, included two young men from the Barre area. Pictured below are Yohan Avila with his mother, Martha Avila, of Barre, and Bruce Lord with his parents Kelly Carpenter and Bruce Lord of Marshfield. The program, now in its 44th year, is co-sponsored by The American Legion Department of Vermont and the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council with assistance of the Vermont Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve and various law enforcement agencies. The Cadets were sponsored by 18 American Legion Posts across the State. James McSparran, Post Commander of Barre Post 10 said, “We are pleased to have these young people represent Post 10 this year. We are proud that Yohan and Bruce completed the program. This experience will give them confidence and encouragement to continue their interests in the field of law enforcement.” (M. McKnight AL Dept. VT)

Each year two cadets attending the program are selected by their peers as the Vermont American Legion Vincelette Spirit Award Winners.
The two individuals selected this year were:

 Kaitlin Pierpont of Chelsea, Vermont
Aidan Reardon of Calais, Vermont

These young adults epitomized this year’s graduating class.

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Past award recipients

2014 – Sgt. Mark Carignan
Brattleboro Police Department 
2013  Chief Christopher Brickell of Brandon
2012 - Chief Bradley LaRose
2011 – Chief Paul J. Doucette of Shaftsbury
2010 – Greg J. Eckhardt, Sr. Game Warden of Poultney
2009 – Sgt. Thomas A. Mozzer, VT State Police, Rutland
2008 – Hugh O’Donnell, Vermont State Police
2007 – Patrol Officer George Merkel, Middlebury Police Dept.
2006 – Officer Matthew S. Wilson, Chester Police Department
2005 – Sgt Tracy Simon, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept.
2004 – Gordon Marcelle, Game Warden – Waitsfield, VT