The Bellingham Bulletin March 2014 : Page 1

Now in our 20th Year mailing GOOD NEWS to EVERY home & business in Bellingham! ©1994 Techpro Publications Volume XX, Issue 5 Anyone who has lived in Belling-ham for even a few years is probably familiar with Bellingham Police Of-ficer Len Gosselin, even if you don’t know him by name—he’s the cop who always has a dog with him. And he’s usually doing something that benefits the community in one way or another—often without receiving any compensation or recognition. It is therefore altogether fitting that Gos-selin was recently presented with the Enrique Camarena Award by Lodge 850 of the Woonsocket Elks. On a Saturday morning in mid-Bellingham Bulletin January, Gosselin and Bellingham Police Chief Gerard L. Daigle Jr. met with Lodge representatives to accept the coveted award. “We are proud to present Officer Len Gosselin with the Enrique Camarena Award for his hard work regarding drug awareness, for using his dog to search for drugs in Woonsocket schools, and for teach-ing DARE,” said Jackie Pignolet, the club’s Drug Awareness Coordinator. “He’s constantly out there being a positive force in the community.” PRST-STD ECRWSS U.S. Postage POSTAL PATRON BELLINGHAM, MA 02019 May the Luck of the Irish be with you! Bellingham’s Favorite Hometown Newspaper MARCH 2014 Elks Honor Gosselin with Coveted Camarena Award story & photo by Pamela Johnson, Bulletin Publisher Shown at the recent award presentation (L-R) are Esteemed Loyal Knight Ray Brunell Jr., Drug Awareness Coordinator Jackie Pignolet, BPD School Liaison and K-9 Officer Len Gosselin, Woonsocket Elks Lodge 870 Board of Directors member Hank Payette & Bellingham Chief of Police Gerard L. Daigle, Jr. Gosselin responded simply: “I am honored to receive something as prestigious as this award.” The Camarena Award was estab-Happy St. Patrick’s Day! —MARCH SPECIALS— Any “Green-Lined” Items HALF PRICE! ? ? “What If?” Sale 20% OFF all regular ? Thousands of Books • Crystals • Jewelry Gifts • Furniture • Household Decor Collectables & More NEW ARRIVALS DAILY! ALWAYS LOOKING FOR UNIQUE QUALITY ITEMS ? priced items (Unless price tag is marked “firm.” Valid 3/1/14—3/16/14) ? ? 508-966-9500 www.harrislandscapes.com • Weekly Lawn Maintenance • Seasonal Cleanups • Fertilizer/Pesticide Programs • Patio/Walkway Installation • Plant Installation • Shrub/Small-Tree Pruning CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE www.thriftywitchconsignments.com Bellingham Marketplace 799 So. Main St/Rte. 126 508-876-2720 HOURS: Tue & Wed, 10-5; Thu, 10-8; Fri & Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5; Closed Monday 5-Step Fertilizing Program Harris & Company 508-966-9500 With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. Expires 4/30/14. GRUB CONTROL When you sign on to FREE • Bobcat/Excavator Work • Landscape Lighting • Water Features • New Lawns Installed –Hydroseed or Sod • Landscape Design Free Estimates $500 OFF ANY JOB of $5,000 or more Harris & Company 508-966-9500 With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior services. Expires 4/30/14. lished by the Benevolent and Protec-tive Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution PLEASE REMEMBER TO PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS WHENEVER POSSIBLE! in the field of drug prevention and who personify Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference. Special agent Enrique Camarena was a DEA Agent, mur-dered by the Mexican Drug Cartel while investigating drug trafficking into the United States. He was bru-tally tortured and killed in 1985. His death precipitated the start of the Red Ribbon Campaign that we celebrate each October in his honor. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started by the Camarena family and friends as a tribute to Agent Camarena; however, it also serves as a reminder to all of us about the dangers of substance abuse. That Gosselin fits the criteria for the award is beyond question. It is given only to an individual law enforcement officer as opposed to a corporation or organization; said officer must be a positive role model who is commit-ted to a healthy lifestyle and who has GOSSELIN–continued on page 28 Jamison Mendall Tree Removal Bellingham, MA Permit No. 107 P A I D Serving all your tree needs Happy Pruning • Storm Damage Aerial Bucket & Bobcat Services Stump Grinding • Plowing Licensed& insured FREE ESTIMATES St.Paddy’s Day! 1-508-958-0747

Elks Honor Gosselin With Coveted Camarena Award

Pamela Johnson

Anyone who has lived in Bellingham for even a few years is probably familiar with Bellingham Police Officer Len Gosselin, even if you don’t know him by name—he’s the cop who always has a dog with him. And he’s usually doing something that benefits the community in one way or another—often without receiving any compensation or recognition. It is therefore altogether fitting that Gosselin was recently presented with the Enrique Camarena Award by Lodge 850 of the Woonsocket Elks.

On a Saturday morning in mid-January, Gosselin and Bellingham Police Chief Gerard L. Daigle Jr. Met with Lodge representatives to accept the coveted award. “We are proud to present Officer Len Gosselin with the Enrique Camarena Award for his hard work regarding drug awareness, for using his dog to search for drugs in Woonsocket schools, and for teaching DARE,” said Jackie Pignolet, the club’s Drug Awareness Coordinator. “He’s constantly out there being a positive force in the community.”

Gosselin responded: "I am the honored to receive something as prestigious as this award."

The Camarena Award was established by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution In the field of drug prevention and who personify Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference. Special agent Enrique Camarena was a DEA Agent, murdered by the Mexican Drug Cartel while investigating drug trafficking into the United States. He was brutally tortured and killed in 1985. His death precipitated the start of the Red Ribbon Campaign that we celebrate each October in his honor. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started by the Camarena family and friends as a tribute to Agent Camarena: however, it is also serve as reminder to all of us about the dangers of substance abuse.

That Gosselin fits the criteria for the award is beyond question. It is given only to an individual law enforcement officer as opposed to a corporation or organization; said officer must be a positive role model who is committed to a healthy lifestyle and who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of drug awareness/prevention. The officer must have gone beyond the normal responsibilities of his/ her position, which Gosselin certainly has done.

He has been the face of Bellingham’s DARE program for years now, and since there is no money budgeted for DARE, Gosselin continues the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program using donated funds and money raised at events like the fishing derby that he holds annually. Gosselin works on the child-identification (fingerprinting) program, and recently received certification for child car-seat safety.

Gosselin, an avid dog-lover, was key in establishing the town’s K-9 unit, which comprised applying for grants, finding a source for the specially bred and trained canines, and seeking donations for the purchase of the dog, a bullet-proof vest to keep it safe, and its day-to-day care and feeding. (Over the years, he and his wife, Dept. Court Officer Jennifer Gosselin, have freely invested their own time and money on the K-9 unit; for example, he purchased tee-shirts that were then sold as a K-9 fundraiser.) Gosselin spends hours training the dog to obey him specifically and performs demos with the dog on his own time at various community events. He works in conjunction with other K-9 units to search schools for drugs or contraband.

He worked tirelessly to establish the Bellingham Police Youth Center, including locating space, raising funds, and recruiting willing hands for the allvolunteer build-out effort, and then coordinating that effort, raising funds for an ID-card security system to monitor the kids coming and going, and finding responsible adults who are willing to donate their time at the center. He feels that it’s good for the kids to see the person, not just the uniform, and would like to see some of the other officers get involved, particularly the new, young recruits. He always sends a positive, anti-drug message to the kids that visit the center.

“I’m very pleased to have one of my officers receive this award,” said Chief Daigle. “There have been a couple of instances when others have taken credit for his efforts, so I’m happy to see Len get this recognition.” Gosselin noted that he couldn’t have done any of this without the “awesome support” of the Chief, the Selectmen and the community.

When Chief Daigle offered Gosselin the position of school resource officer, he accepted, even though it meant less money in his paycheck. “I chose Len for that position because I know he has a great rapport with the kids, and that he’d be up-front about anything going on in the schools,” Daigle remarked.

“I got into trouble as a kid,” Gosselin noted. “I know what they go through. I see the effect of single-parent families on kids. Most of them aren’t bad kids; they just need someone to listen to them and not judge them. It’s not about the money—I do it because it is so moving when a parent tells me ‘my son or daughter looks up to you.’ Cops can and should be positive role models.”

For Officer Len Gosselin, that seems to be his way of life. He richly deserves the Enrique Camarena Award.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Elks+Honor+Gosselin+With+Coveted+Camarena+Award/1649811/199281/article.html.

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