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W.Va. officers, others honored

February 06, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Elks Lodge on Sunday gave a $500 scholarship to the infant son of a slain Winchester, Va., police officer.

Ricky Lee Timbrook, a native of Morgan County, W.Va., was gunned down last Oct. 29 in the line of duty. He died the next morning, before his son was even born.

"It's a day that I'll never forget," said Detective Lenny Millholland, who had the unpleasant task of investigating Timbrook's death for the Winchester Police Department.

Timbrook's father, Richard Timbrook, accepted the $500 gift on behalf of his grandson, Ricky Lee Timbrook II.

Rodney Woods, a member of Elks Lodge 778's Law and Safety Committee, which organized Sunday's banquet, said local Elks members and police officers wanted to do something to honor Timbrook.


Millholland said the Winchester department has received an outpouring of support from surrounding law enforcement agencies.

"Ricky was a friend of mine. I saw him the night before," Millholland said. "It's devastated the entire city of Winchester."

Twelve police officers and firefighters received awards Sunday honoring their contributions to law enforcement in the Eastern Panhandle.

Among them:

* Senior Trooper Robert C. Copson Jr., who is stationed at the Martinsburg barracks of the West Virginia State Police. He was honored for his recent successful investigation of three armed robberies and a homicide.

* Deputy John Jeffries, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, who was honored for his achievements in arrested drunken drivers.

* Ronald Dantzic, a firefighter at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who was singled out for transporting a veteran for kidney dialysis three times a week for several months.

Among the others honored were State Police Senior Trooper Jose Centeno, Berkeley County Deputy Dan McGown, Martinsburg Police Patrolman Stephen M. Urbanski, Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Police Sgt. William E. Carper Jr. and Martinsburg Fire Capt. David W. Brining.

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