James F. Ring
This award is presented annually by the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor & Armorers Association to a Massachusetts law enforcement firearms instructor who has repeatedly displayed the initiative, desire and passion to provide the highest level of training to firearms instructors throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These instructors have all lived up to the MLEFIAA credo:
Every person owes some of his time to the upbuilding
of the profession to which he belongs.
Nominations are accepted by the Awards Committee from Jan 1 to April 30 of the calendar year.
The Awards Committee Chairman will present a list of qualified finalists to the Executive Board for selection.
2010 - Lt. William Leanos, Gloucster P.D. / MPTC Firearms Co-ordinator
2011 - Officer Todd A. Bailey, Kingston Police Dept. / Bourne Dept. of Natural Resources
2012 - Lt. Michael Conti, Mass State Police Firearms Training Unit (Ret.)
2013 - Officer Joseph T. Picariello, Princeton Police Department
2014 - Sgt. Jay Borges, Somerset Police Department
2015 - Officer Michael Lupachini, Upton Police Department
2016 - Deputy Steven Assad, Bristol County Sheriff's Office
2017 - Chief Gilbert DuVernay, New Braintree Police Department (Ret.)
2018 - Deputy Mark Belliveau, Hampden Co. Sheriff's Office
2019 - Officer Ed Oey, Belchertown Police Department
2020 - Lt. Robert Bailey, Billerica PD (ret.) / Founder of MLEFIAA