2009

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Lieutenant James W. Remillard, Troop I

The MASTERS Public Service award was created to recognize the importance of public service.  This award honors a member whose actions strengthen the Patrol's motto of "Service and Protection".  This year's recipient is Lieutenant James W. Remillard, Troop I.

Lieutenant Remillard has been an important part of his community for years, giving of his time and talents to assist others in need.  During scheduled vacation periods from work, he used his carpentry skills in semi-annual mission trips through his church.  He was instrumental in uniting fellow parishioners from Casco united Methodist Church in Leslie, Missouri, who traveled to Iowa twice for flood relief construction in 2009.  Over the years, he has also volunteered his skills and time twice in both Moss Point, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina, and Caruthersville, Missouri, after devastating tornadoes.  He assisted in the complete renovation of a medical clinic in Belle, Missouri, which now offers free services to the public.  When another church was facing financial difficulty, Lieutenant Remillard volunteered to help in the extensive renovation of the church's parsonage.  When a Rolla city police officer's home sustained residential damage due to flooding, he volunteered his carpentry skills and tools to make repairs.

As a lieutenant and member of Troop I's command staff, he responds immediately when called upon, is a certified instructor, is relied upon for in-depth knowledge of emergency response/disaster relief, and serves on the MoDOT/MSHP Insurance Board of Trustees.  He is dedicated also to the Patrol family.  In 2009, Troop I lost two active employees, Sergeant Mark D. Reynolds and Communications Operator III Taylor C. Hunt.  Lieutenant Remillard assisted the Reynolds family by visiting them, spending time with their two year old twins, providing an occasional dinner meal, and mowing the lawn.  To assist the Hunt family, he coordinated several weekend and holiday events with volunteers from Troop I, his church, the Rolla Police Department, and the community to complete an exterior remodeling project started before they lost Taylor.

Lieutenant James W. Remillard is a dedicated professional who unselfishly lends his time and talents to help family, friends, and his community whenever he sees a need.  Both professionally and personally, he gives his time to make Missouri a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  It is the feeling of the board of The MASTERS that Lieutenant Remillard embodies what this Public Service Award represents.  His actions are a credit to himself and to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 
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