Parkersburg Police detective recognized for work helping abused children

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg Police detective is recognized for his dedication to helping children who have been abused.

The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network awarded Nathaniel Deuley the “Partner With Courage Award” this week.

The organization honored him for being a leader in fighting child abuse in the Wood County area.

Deuley made multiple arrests in child abuse cases last year and is a member of the Wood County Child Abuse Response Team working with the Children's Listening Place.

He says he’s humbled to give children in those situations a voice, so they can get help.

“Children are obviously most of the times, their voices aren’t heard because they just don’t know how to say what to whom, so you have all these kids that are victimized in this so it’s kind of neat to go and be that voice for them so that they can find justice in what’s happened to them," Detective Deuley said.

The award was presented at the "One With Courage Awards" reception during the 2019 WVCAN conference at the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital.