American Legion Post 205 photo

JANESVILLE — Carmen Roche, an officer with the Janesville Police Department, has been awarded the Edward J. Ormaby Law and Order Award by the Wisconsin American Legion.

Roche was nominated by the Janesville American Legion Post 205 and will be recognized at the state convention in July.

“Officer Roche is an incredibly valued officer within our department, who shows great leadership and kindness. We are so proud of her!” read a social media post from the Janesville Police Department announcing the award.

Other American Legion Award winners include:

  • Outstanding Firefighter: Chief Michael Funk, Stockbridge Fire Department
  • EMT Award: Lt. Glen Fieweger Allenton Fire Department

Each year, the Department of Wisconsin American Legion gives the award to who they feel is the most outstanding police officer in the State of Wisconsin.

Each post can nominate an officer in their community and from there, the nominations move to each county, and finally each district within the state.

The Edward J Ormsby Law & Order Award is given annually to an outstanding Officer in the community.

Edward J. Ormsby, a Milwaukee Police Officer and Korean Era Veteran, was elected The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin Commander in 1970.

During his term as Commander the Law & Order Award was initiated. He died in November 1973 at 43 years old.

In 1974 at the 56th Annual Department Convention in Milwaukee, a resolution was passed to rename the award “The Edward J. Ormsby Law and Order Awards Program”.