Unsung heroes take their bows

October 16, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

Outstanding fire and police personnel who "consistently put their lives on the line" for Jefferson County residents were honored at an annual banquet at Charles Town Races & Slots on Tuesday night.

The top rescue and police personnel were chosen in four categories: law enforcement, career medical service providers, voluntary emergency medical services providers and fire service providers.

Supervisors from the various police, fire and ambulance companies in the county nominate a member of their force as an outstanding officer. Then a committee made up of their peers determines a top person in each category, said Mary Via, executive director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the banquet.


Lt. Robbie Roberts of the Ranson Police Department was named top police officer in the law enforcement category during the Public Service Recognition Banquet.

Henry B. Christie of the Independent Fire Co. was the top officer in the fire service provider category. Stephen A. Holmes was named the top officer in the volunteer emergency medical services category. Robert A. Shackelford was named the top person in the career medical services provider category.

Roberts, of Kearneysville, has worked for the Ranson Police Department since 1988. Between 1996 and 1997, he supervised a crime task force in the county.

Roberts also was responsible for setting up the 728-COPS hot line that allows citizens to report tips to police officers.

The crime hot line has received hundreds of tips from citizens since it was started, said Edward "Pat" Dockeney, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts also has received training from the FBI and has been honored in past years for his investigations into homicide cases.

Christie has been an active firefighter since 1983, has been the chaplain for the Independent Fire Co. since 1994, is a president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association and logs more than 500 hours in response times every year, Dockeney said.

Holmes is a paramedic at Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Co. who was recognized for setting high standards for the department. Holmes is also ambulance chief for the department.

Shackelford is an emergency medical technician and a member of Jefferson County's Dive Rescue Team, which also received recognition.

Special recognition was also given to Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co.

Smith, recognized for his outstanding community service, worked his way through the ranks to be chief. He has been an emergency medical technician since 1975 and responds to hundreds of emergency calls every year.


Law enforcement:

Cpl. Richard James Jenkins, Charles Town Police Department.

Patrolman Matthew E. Hackney, Harpers Ferry Police Department.

Lt. Robbie R. Roberts, Ranson Police Department.

Cpl. Keith Allen Knotts, Shepherdstown Police Department.

Sgt. Scott Edward Paugh, West Virginia State Police.

Fire services providers:

Larry R. Herbst Jr., Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co.

David K. Holmes, Citizens Fire Co.

John Jefferson Ours Jr., Friendship Fire Co.

Henry Berges Christie, Independent Fire Co.

Ross Louthan Morgan, Shepherdstown Fire Department.

Emergency medical service providers, career:

Darin Judy, Sean D. McCarthy and Robert Anthony Shackelford, Jefferson County Ambulance Authority.

Leonard Lehman, Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Co.

Emergency medical service providers, volunteers:

Autumn Renee Smith, Friendship Fire Co.

Candi Alden, Independent Fire Co.

Stephen Anthony Holmes, Shepherdstown Fire Department.

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