National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Announces December 2023 Officer of the Month

Officer saves young girl from drowning in frozen pond

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 22, 2024) – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) today announced Trooper Michelle Archer of the Vermont State Police Department as their Officer of the Month for December 2023. Trooper Archer was selected for her bravery and heroism when she rescued an eight-year-old girl from a frozen pond in Vermont.

Just before Christmas, Trooper Archer responded to a life-threatening emergency in which a young girl had fallen through thin ice into a near-freezing pond. At great risk to her personal safety, Trooper Archer swam to the drowning girl and pulled her to shore. Her selfless actions demonstrated bravery, courage, leadership and professionalism. Without her heroic conduct, the outcome could have been tragic.

“These officers are heroes, and their actions serve to highlight the countless acts of valor which often go unnoticed and without the recognition or fanfare such acts deserve,” said William Alexander, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. “We are humbled and proud to honor Trooper Archer as our Officer of the Month for December 2023.”

The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.


About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The first pillar of this mission, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the names of all of the 23,785 officers who have died in the line of duty to date throughout U.S. history. Additionally, NLEOMF maintains and publishes comprehensive details on the circumstances surrounding official line-of-duty deaths. The Officer Safety and Wellness pillar uses that data, coupled with best-practice program models, to produce programming directed at solutions to improve survivability and enhance wellness. NLEOMF’s third pillar, the National Law Enforcement Museum ( is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

Mike Twiname
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