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Elks donate $1,100 to fallen West Virginia trooper's kids

February 11, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty last year in Jefferson County was remembered Sunday night and members of a local Elks club donated $1,100 in scholarship money for the trooper's children.

Trooper Brian W. Linn, who died Nov. 3, 2007, following a crash on W.Va. 9, was honored during the annual Law & Safety Day, a banquet sponsored by Elks Lodge 778 to recognize outstanding police, fire and other emergency officials.

Linn and two other troopers were traveling west on W.Va. 9 in the Bardane, W.Va., area to help another trooper who was chasing someone on foot near a Sheetz store a short distance up the road.

Linn, 25, of Martinsburg, lost control of his cruiser, slid sideways across W.Va. 9 and struck a utility pole about a half-mile west of Wiltshire Road.


Linn was passing westbound traffic just before the crash and it is believed he lost control of his cruiser after he observed eastbound traffic and returned to the westbound lane, police said.

"He was very young," State Police Sgt. Ed Anderson said, reflecting on Linn's "outstanding" work at the Charles Town detachment.

"It's still hard to deal with the loss of Brian," Anderson said at the Elks Lodge at 121 E. King St.

The money was raised to help Linn's family pay for the educational needs of his two daughters, Paige and Madeline, according to Rodney Woods, co-chairman of Sunday's banquet.

Linn's widow, Melissa, accepted the scholarship money.

The guest speaker at the banquet was Martinsburg Mayor George Karos.

Karos focused on the dangerous situations police face and he rattled off statistics, like the estimated 165 officers who are killed every year in the line of duty.

"We humbly thank you for all you do for us," Karos said.

Linn was buried in his hometown of Elkins, W.Va.

Other honorees

Other honorees at Sunday's Law & Safety Day at the Elks Lodge 778 included:

· Cpl. Darrll Ruppenthal of the Martinsburg Police Department, who was honored in many areas, including bravery in the line of duty.

· West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. McDonald, a Morgan County officer whose accomplishments included discovering a murder-for-hire case.

· State Police Trooper J.D. Schuessler, who has been "amazing" with 53 drunken-driving arrests in Berkeley County.

· State Police Trooper J.M. Bush, a Jefferson County officer who had the highest level of activity last year with 829 calls for service and 306 criminal investigations.

· Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force for his skillful coordination of the agency.

· Lt. Dan McGown of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department for setting up security operations at Berkeley County's newest judicial center.

· Cpl. Vincent Tiong of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for his "can-do" attitude and high number of drunken- driving arrests.

· Tony G. Link of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, who was honored for the skills he demonstrates as an investigator.

· Martinsburg Fire Department member David J. Weller II for his expertise as an explosion investigator and hazardous materials technician.

· Charles Town Police Department Officer William Carper for being an overall standout officer.

· Sgt. Todd Griffith of the Veterans Affairs Police Service for his ability to diffuse volatile situations.

· Senior Master Sgt. David S. Wilson of the 167th Security Force Squadron for his training programs.

· Edwin Dashiell, Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for his work in ham radio systems and other work.

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