UPDATE: Arrangements made for deputy who died of cancer

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 06/14/19

A viewing for Lieutenant David Tennant will be held at Leavitt's Funeral Home on 7th in Parkersburg on Monday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Another viewing is set for Tuesday, June 18 at the Rod Oldham Center at Parkersburg South High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral will start at 2 p.m. Tennant will be buried at the Wadesville Cemetery.

UPDATE: 06/13/19

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said David Tennant passed away around 4:30 Thursday morning.

He posted this post on Facebook, "It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of one of Wood County’s Finest, Lt. David Tennant. As most of you are aware, he has battled tenaciously against his cancer for approximately the past 5 years. Just last night, Dave was flown back home from a cancer center in Houston Texas after it was determined there was nothing else that could be done for him. Many law enforcement officers throughout Wood County met with Dave on his trip home and gave him one of the biggest police escorts I have ever witnessed. I was told that the sight of these officers caused Dave to smile. God summoned Lt. Tennant to patrol the Streets of Heaven early this morning. Please keep Dave, Debbie and the remainder of Dave’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time. God speed, Lt. David Tennant! You are already missed by many!

Arrangements will be forthcoming."


Wood County law enforcement agencies welcome home a sheriff’s deputy who’s battling cancer.

Lieutenant David Tennant, 43, was being treated at a Texas hospital for leukemia for several months.

But now doctors have told him there’s nothing more they can do to help him.

His fellow officers wanted to let him know they’re behind him, so they decided to escort him home when he arrived back in the area Wednesday night.

They describe him as a great friend and co-worker.

“He’s one of those guys you want on your side, he’s a guy that I feel emulated what we want to be as law enforcement officers, he wasn’t just a law enforcement officer as a job, it was a part of him and he lived it and he’d do anything for you,” said Lieutenant Rick George of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Tennant has been with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for more than 20 years.

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