Statehouse Police chief Janawicz dies

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David Janawicz, who modernized the Capitol Police during his 13 years heading security at the Statehouse, has died after battling lung cancer. He was 62.

Janawicz is credited by many with keeping the Statehouse open and welcoming for Vermonters while upgrading security for a post 9/11 age. Former Sergeant-at-Arms Kermit Spaulding was one of several people who spoke of Janawicz’ dedication, noting he often arrived for work at 5 a.m.

Janawicz graduated from Montpelier High School in 1963 and later from Babson College and the Vermont Police Academy. He served six years in the Naval Reserve and worked in security at nuclear plants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before being named chief of the Capitol Police in 1995.

House Speaker Gaye Symington says the members of the house appreciated his attentiveness to safety, and his reliably cheerful face at the entrance to the building.

Funeral services for Janawicz will be held on Friday at the First Baptist Church of Barre.

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