‘Officer of the Year’ to be chosen at annual banquet


Staff Report



POINT PLEASANT —The sixth annual Mason County Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet is returning Thursday, Oct. 18 and will include the presentation of the Officer of the Year award. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is David Gourley, head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of Charleston.

The banquet is set for 6 p.m. at the First Church of God Worship Center, 2401 Jefferson, Ave. Organized by the Point Pleasant Rotary Club, it is meant to honor all Mason County Law Enforcement Officers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifices made to protect and serve the communities of Mason County.

Each officer and his family are invited to attend this event to be honored for their service and to help celebrate the announcement of the Officer of the Year Award. All law enforcement departments had the opportunity to nominate one of more law enforcement officers from either their own department or another department within Mason County for the award.

Qualifications for nomination include, recognition of an exceptional act, achievements and/or meritorious service that exceed the normal expectations of job performance including, but not limited to, acts of personal heroism, crime prevention, detective work, community relations, juvenile programs, traffic safety, and/or innovative approaches to public service.

According to a statement from the Rotary club, “West Virginia has lost several law enforcement officers in the recent past that remind everyone of the dangers and risk that law enforcement officers face each day. Mason County and the Point Pleasant Rotary Club wants to better educate the general public and our citizens of the risk and the dedication that you put forth each day in performing your job. We thank you for a job well done, and we are lucky to have such dedicated and professional law enforcement officers to protect and to serve our communities.”

Officers are asked to please coordinate with their department head and/or Chief the number in their party who will be attending as soon as possible. Dinner is free for the officers and their families.

For more information, or for the public to buy tickets to the banquet, please contact Tim Martin at 304-521-2908.

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