October 2014 Newsletter

There were eight members at the meeting on September 24, 2014.  Past Adjutant and Past Service Officer Al Wagner’s wife, Barbara, was also in attendance.  Adjutant/ Finance Officer Ned brooks read the minutes from the previous meeting which were accepted.  Ned also reported  $7,155.22 in the checking account.

We discussed supporting a young man or young woman for Boys and/or Girls State.  A committee was formed to choose which one the Post would sponsor.  Those on the committee are Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien, Past Finance Officer Nick Pishon and Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks.  The four communities that will be considered first are Sugar Hill in honor of member and former Sugar Hill Chief Jose Pequeno,  Epsom and Hillsborough in honor of Jeremy Charron and Concord, however the committee will be allowed to consider other communities as well.

Membership:  The latest information from State HQ is we are at 58.7 %.  Please get your membership for 2015 in before the end of the year.

Past Finance Officer Nick Pishon presented a scanned photo of an embroidered badge with our post information on it.  The Commander will check into pricing at local embroidery shops.

Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks and Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien will attend the fall conference and leadership course on October 25th in Laconia.

We were reminded at the meeting that October is going to be a busy month for us with the following events:

  1. October 17th, Traveling Vietnam Wall in Salem at 6:30 PM
  2. October 20th,  Tractor Trailer exercise for the 165th Police Academy class at 1:00 PM
  3. October 25th (rain date 26th) Highway clean up in Epsom at 9:00 PM

There was no new information regarding Member Jose Pequeno at the time of the meeting.

However, several days after the meeting the Commander was contacted by Jose’s mom, Nellie Bagley, who advised that Jose and his family were in New Hampshire.  Mrs. Bagley made time for our members to visit Jose in Gorham on Saturday, October 12th.  A notice was put out to the members.  Past Finance Officer Nick Pishon, Commander Dave Hargreaves and Past Service Officer/Past Adjutant Al Wagner along with his wife, Barbara, traveled to Gorham and met with Jose and his family at Jose’s father’s house.  We were very warmly received and Jose is looking very fit and alert.  Jose is responding to his surroundings verbally although he is not able to speak.

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Among the members that visited the Vietnam Moving Wall on October 17th was Commander Dave Hargreaves, Past Adjutant and Past Service Officer Al Wagner along with his(Al’s) wife Barbara and grandson Griffin.  (See photos)

Those who participated at the Tractor trailer Exercise on October 20th, were:

  • Member Mike Doyle,
  • Past Adjutant/Past Finance Officer Al Wagner,
  • Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien,
  • Service Officer Roger Ball,
  • Sr. Vice Commander J. Scott Crocker and
  • Commander Dave Hargreaves.

 

Once again, a Great Big THANK YOU to the Owner/President of New Hampshire Peterbilt, Bob Gentry for providing a brand new, fully dressed Peterbilt road tractor and Sullivan Tire for the use of a semi trailer.

There was a very low turn out for the road side clean up in Epsom on October 25th.  Only four members responded, they were:

  • Past Adjutant/Past Service Officer Al Wagner,
  • Past Finance Officer Nick Pishon,
  • Sgt. at Arms Jim Nye and
  • Commander Dave Hargreaves.

Seventeen bags were collected in about three and a half hours.  We have completed with detail in the past with more members participating in less than half the time.

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Historian Bernie Ruchin would like to inform the members of a veteran who is collecting Veterans’ experiences.  Click here to see the document.

Attached is our annual invitation for  Officer of the year nominations.  If you are aware of anyone LE officer who may be worthy of this award, please get this flyer into the right hands.

Next Meeting is Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.

If you have any questions, concerns or news worthy items, please feel free to contact Adjutant Ned Brooks or Commander Dave Hargreaves.

August 2014 Newsletter

There were 10 members at the meeting on July 30, 2014.  Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks read the previous meeting’s minutes which were accepted.  Ned also reported  $6,626.22  in the checking account.  There is no recent news concerning our member Jose Pequeno.

Members voted to reimburse Ned  $177.00  for paying the Post’s annual fee for the post office box and for stamps.

The Vietnam Moving Wall is coming to Salem, NH from October 15th through the 19th.  A special day of Friday, October 17th was set aside for police officers and firefighters to attend.    Our Post will attend that day.   The time we will attend will be announced later and transportation will be provided if need be.  We also discussed providing refreshments for those veterans who are manning the Wall  24/7.

As of this newsletter, Adjutant Ned Brooks reports about 50% of our members have already re-upped.

If you haven’t yet, please do it soon.  There typically seems to be that small single digit percentage of members we have to contact personally as the end of the year approaches.

During this past month, our oldest member Charlie LaPierre (100yoa) past away.  Charlie was a World War II veteran and a retired Concord Police Officer.  Ned and others represented our post at Charlie’s wake.   Charlie is also our first member who passed away since our post began nearly 13 years ago.   Click here to see his obituary from the Concord Monitor.

On August 22nd, the Charron-Legion Award was presented at the graduation of the 164th Police Academy.  The recipient was Officer Ronald Cloutier of the Hudson Police Department.  Officer Cloutier is a retired Army first sergeant and was deployed several times into combat zones during his career.  Those presenting the award to Officer Cloutier were Jeremy’s parents, Bob and Fran Charron, Service Officer Roger Ball and Commander Dave Hargreaves.  (See photos taken by Elena Ball)

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Also on August 22nd, the Commander and his wife, Jan, traveled to Epsom and placed Jeremy’s wreath at the Short Falls sight.  It was 17 years ago on August 24th during the early morning hours that Jeremy was shot and passed away.   Included with the wreath is photos of Jeremy in his Epsom Police uniform and his Marine Corps uniform,  a brief biography of his life and the text for his Medal of Honor.

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Member Vinnie Baiocchetti wants the members to know about a Blue Knights Charity Raffle where the prizes are several firearms.  The first raffle takes place on September 1st and again on Mondays the next three weeks after until September 22nd. Good Luck to all who enter !!

Jutras Post 43 Member Noel Taylor, who is the director of  100 Nights of Remembrance, is inviting all Legion Posts to participate in the closing ceremony of the event on September 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

Please note Ned’s new phone number at the bottom of the page.

Next meeting is Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.

September 2014 Newsletter

There were eight members at the meeting on August 27, 2014. Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks read the minutes of the previous meeting which were accepted. Ned also reported $7,209.22 in the checking account.

Membership as of the last report on September 19th, stands at 52%. As of the 19th we had 48 members re-up and 44 remaining. National has upped our goal by four to 92 members. Let’s get your 2015 dues in PDQ so we can make 100 % no later than the end of the year.

Adjutant/Finance Officer Ned Brooks reported on attending Charlie LaPierre’s funeral. You may recall Charlie was a WWII veteran and a Concord Police Officer for 25 plus years and when he passed , Charlie was 100 years old.

Ned also reported on the high school oratorical event where high school students prepare and speak about the Constitution.

Judge Advocate Dennis O’Brien spoke about our post alternating between supporting a young man and young lady each year for Boys’ State and Girls’ State. Right now we are supporting a young lady or a young man with preference being given to the young student(s) who apply from Sugar Hill, then Epsom, Hillsborough and Concord (in that order) first. A motion may be made at the next meeting to go statewide with our selection as opposed to the four communities mentioned above.

Upcoming Events:
1) Friday, October 17th, 2014 – Vietnam Moving Wall will be in Salem, NH. This is the night set aside for police and firefighters. We will meet at the Wall at Salem High School at 6:30 PM.
2) Monday, October 20th, 2014 – Tractor Trailer exercise at the Police Academy in Concord from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
3) Saturday, October 25th, 2014 – Highway clean up along the Officer Jeremy Charron Highway (Rt 28) in Epsom. We will meet at 9:00 AM at Webster Park (intersection of Rt 28 and Short Falls Road). Rain date is the following day, Sunday the 26th also at 9:00 AM.
NOTE: If any one needs transportation to any of these events, contact the Commander.

The Post will begin our campaign to solicit nominations for the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officer of the Year once again. Flyers will be distributed to major news media outlets, Police Standards and Training, the Bi-monthly New Hampshire Legionnaire newspaper and the NH Chiefs of Police as well as others.

Next Meeting is Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Police Standards in Concord.

If you have any questions, concerns or newsworthy items, please feel free to contact Adjutant Ned Brooks or Commander Dave Hargreaves.

AMERICAN  LEGION  ACCEPTING  NOMINATIONS 

FOR 

NEW  HAMPSHIRE LAW  ENFORCEMENT  OFFICER  OF  THE  YEAR

The Officer Jeremy Charron Law Enforcement Post # 122 is now accepting nominations for the American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2012 for the Department of New Hampshire.  Nominations can be made by government leaders, police administrators, fellow officers, community and business leaders as well as any citizen.   Simply send a letter with the nominee’s name and law enforcement agency along with a concise description as to why you are nominating someone.  The person making the nomination should also include their name, position and a contact phone number.  The deadline for receiving nominations is January 1, 2013.

All nominations should be sent to :

American  Legion
Officer  Jeremy  Charron  Law  Enforcement  Post  # 122
ATTN:  Officer of the Year  Committee
P. O. Box  6352
Manchester,  NH   03108

The selected New Hampshire Officer of the Year will be submitted and considered for the American Legion National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Past recipients have been Officer Bob Napoli, Derry Police;  Sgt. Aaron Smith, Hillsborough Police;  Detective Sgt. Robert Moore and the Late Officer Michael Briggs, both from Manchester Police; Officer Joshua Levasseur, Concord Police went on to be named National Runner Up for 2007;  Officer Chris Byron, Manchester Police was named National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2008;  New Hampshire Liquor Investigator Danielle St. Gelais;  Drug Enforcement Agent Michael Cashman who went on to be named National Runner Up for 2010 and this past year Rochester Police Officer Michael Brinkman.

All the members of Post 122 are not only military veterans but are past or present law enforcement officers as well.  Our Officer of the Year Committee is comprised of a retired Derry police officer,  a retired New York State Trooper, a recently retired Naval Criminal Investigator (NCIS) and a retired Army Military Policeman.