Local Businessman Honored by Maine Guard 

A local business man and his company have been honored by the Maine National Guard for supporting the military.Lawrence Gagnon was given an appreciation award from the Secretary of the Army and the company he works for, Bankers Life and Casualty Company, was given the Seven Seals Award. That’s the highest honor the state organization can present to a business.Guard officials say they have gone beyond what is required by law to support military members and their families.Melissa Trojecki is an employee of Banker’s Life. Her husband was deployed overseas and expects to go back next year. “It’s wonderful to have all the people here who support the military.”Gagnon says, “I have a lot of respect for them, especially working in a business, we need them, and it’s great that Banker’s and everybody has that freedom to give people the freedom to protect our country.”Gagnon was presented the award in a surprise ceremony Tuesday.