CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Saying he will "always be captain in this department," Charles Town Police Department Chief Barry Subelsky joined city officials Monday night to honor Mark Johnston, a former longtime local police officer who has been battling a brain tumor.
Johnston, who started work at the Charles Town Police Department in 1993 and has worked other assignments including four years with the West Virginia State Police's undercover unit, told those gathered at city hall that his health problems started last year when he thought he might have been suffering from a sinus infection.
It was shortly before Thanksgiving and Johnston said he was excited about an upcoming vacation and deer season.
The 42-year-old Johnston went to a doctor and, after having medical tests, it was discovered that he was suffering from a brain tumor.
Doctors scheduled radiation and Johnston said he started six weeks of treatments at The Johns Hopkins University.