Law and Order

Law and Order Chairman – Richard Wallace, dickwallace2950@gmail.com

What is Law & Order?
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 heroes” 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.

What Can My Post Do For the Law & Order Program?
The Department encourages each Post to hold an Awards Ceremony (and Dinner, if possible) to honor the Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMT and Paramedic personnel, and their families, who live and work in your community. These professionals may be paid or volunteer employees. If there are several Posts in the area, consider having a joint ceremony. You can give a certificate to each honoree, or ask the Chief or co-workers of each agency to select their outstanding professional to receive your certificate, plaque or other award.

EMT’s and Paramedics should be honored locally. In order to be submitted to Department, he/she must be a Washington-certified Law Officer or Firefighter.

Contact your local post for more information and how you can participate in this great program.

Click the following links for a copy of the application for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, EMT and Dominic Vitulli Humanitarian and Lifesaving Award.

Law and Order Procedure Letter

Return all applications to:
Department of Washington
PO Box 3917
Lacey, WA 98509-3917
Attn: Law and Order Committee Chairman

Thaddeus Kerkhoff – Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2017

Captain Agnes Waliser – Fire Fighter of the Year 2017

Deputy Heersch Hoaglan – Humanitarian of the Year 2017

Pastor Harley Wait – Life Saving Award (EMT) of the Year 2017

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