Addison Co. deputy to be added to Nat'l Law Enforcement Memorial

Research conducted by local historian Brian Lindner and retired state police Maj. Wesley Newman has resulted in two names of a fallen Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle Inspector and a Deputy Sherriff being added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Jim Douglas praised the work of Brian Lindner and Wesley Newman.

"Brian and Wes deserve the thanks of Vermonters for ensuring that two of our own, Inspector Rossier and Deputy Collette, receive the honor of being enshrined at the National Law Enforcement Memorial," he said.

The name of Addison County Deputy Sherriff John Collette who died in the line of duty on July 17, 1932 will also be officially honored. Collette was in the process of arresting a fugitive whom he had found hiding on a train in Vergennes when he was struck down by a heart attack.

On Sept. 8, 1935, Vermont DMV Inspector Robert Daniel Rossier crashed his department motorcycle on a rain-slick road near Brattleboro while on patrol. A passing motorist transported Inspector Rossier to the hospital, where he died the next morning.

The event is part of National Police Week, in which officers from around the country will converge on Washington May 13 to honor their fallen comrades.

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