Over time, Ethel LaSalle, Army veteran and resident of Methuen, has donated more than 300 blankets to veterans’ organizations in the area. Now, at 99, she is well on her way to achieving her additional goal of making one for every policeman in Methuen.
She recently donated four of them to the police. Accordingly, Chief Scott J. McNamara placed the names of all the officers in a draw and drew the winners to receive the first four covers. Officers Nick Conway, Felicia Bistany, Matt Morel and Matt Tarness accepted the gifts.
LaSalle entered the military shortly after graduating from high school during World War II. While serving, she met her husband, Norman Francis LaSalle. The two got married during a three-day stint. They eventually raised two daughters, Ethel and Marguerite.
She became the first female commander of the AmVets, served three years as commander of the American Legion at Stoneham, and was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Female Veterans. She is also past president of the Women’s Army Corp, Chapter 14, Boston, and past president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. LaSalle was granted life membership with the Disabled American Veterans, Queen City Chapter 4 DAV, in Lawrence.