PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Parkersburg and Wood County honor their finest-while remembering those who gave their lives to keep us safe.
Tuesday, the annual laying of the police memorial wreath was held on Government Square in Parkersburg, as part of National Police Week.
The Parkersburg Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge and Wood County Deputy Sheriff's Associaiton took part in the ceremony.
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner was the featured speaker, at the awards ceremony that followed.
"They can be called on to do anything from marriage counseling in a domestic dispute, to a first responder in a drug situation, to a school counselor at a high school," said Warner, a military veteran. "They have to go across the board, and then be able to face down someone who is pulling a gun on them. They never know when that's going to happen."
Parkersburg's Police Officer of the Year is a member of the force we profiled last November as part of our "This is Home" series.
Officer Mike Bosley helped replace Clyde McCoy's bicycle, when it was stolen last fall.
Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award-named for a former Vienna Police Chief, Gary Deem.
Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Tripplett, Jr. is the Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks accepted the award on behalf of Triplett, who was unable to attend due to illness.
Haley Board was named recipient of the Pennie McClain "Half Unit" of the Year.
And Travis Wolfe received the Scott Durig Excellence in Criminal Justice award.