BENNINGTON >> Members of the Bennington Police Department were recently presented with the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette, of Shaftsbury, Lt. David Dutcher, of Bennington, Sgt. Joshua Stemp, of North Petersburg, N.Y, and Cpl. Roscoe Harrington, of North Bennington, received the award in a ceremony held on Feb. 22. Harrington was not present for the ceremony.
David Wheel, representing Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented the awards for the tremendous support that the entire department has given its citizen airman, Nicholas Cervero, from Bennington, a patrol officer at BPD and a staff sergeant explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 439th EOD, part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 439th Airlift Wing in Chicopee, Mass.
Doucette said that Cervero brings a high level of enthusiasm, positive attitude, and professionalism to his team.
Wheel stated that it would be impossible for citizen warriors like Cervero to do his military job without the complete support of employers like the Bennington Police Department.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a U.S. Department of Defense organization that promotes, recognizes, and enhances civilian employer support of citizen service members. ESGR also facilitates meaningful employment opportunities for citizen warriors, all veterans, and military spouses.