I am the daughter of the late Deputy Sheriff Kenny Love, and I have written letters over the years about this so I’m not really expecting much.
Yesterday March 2, was the 37th anniversary of the jail explosion. Instead of a wreath or new flowers being placed by the monument, there were still Christmas flowers there. Yes, I came unglued! My dad, Sheriff Pete Wedge, and jailer, Ernie Hesson, gave their lives for this county, so why can’t the county place decent flowers by the monument in their honor on the anniversary of this tragedy?
There is always some sort of coverage of the Silver Bridge disaster, and I’m not downplaying that by any means. But these three officers lives were just as important as those lost when the bridge collapsed. I don’t know of any other county in the state that doesn’t honor their fallen officers — only Mason County. I certainly don’t want to inconvenience any county employee. I realize it would take about five to ten minutes to place flowers there. But if it’s too hard of a task, let me know. I’ll be glad to stop by and take care of it for you.
Kelli Love Sayre,
Mason County, W.Va.