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Former Harpers Ferry police chief remembered as a 'good, fair man'

Wyndham dies at age 68

Wyndham dies at age 68

February 28, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Wyndham was a police officer, but he knew about life on the other side.

The former Harpers Ferry police chief once said he was a "hellraiser" in his youth.

"When I was growing up, they had local beer joints. We'd go down, drink a couple beers and think we could whip the world," Wyndham said in a 1991 interview.

Wyndham, who retired as chief of the Harpers Ferry Police Department, died Sunday at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

Wyndham, 68, had a nickname of "Peanut," but nobody knew why.

"I've heard it since I was old enough to hear anything," Wyndham once said.

Donald Buracker, Harpers Ferry's current police chief, credited Wyndham Wednesday for being a "good man. A fair man."

Wyndham believed in right or wrong and there was "not much gray area," Buracker said.

Wyndham put his rough-and-tumble style to work, lecturing kids who got into trouble. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 245 pounds when he was chief, his appearance was enough to scare kids straight.

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Buracker said Wyndham give him his first job in law enforcement when Buracker was hired to Harpers Ferry's police force in 1991.

Buracker has been there ever since and replaced Wyndham in 2000.

Buracker said Wyndham had been staying mostly around his house on 13th Avenue in Ranson, W.Va., since he retired.

Buracker said he was working Wednesday on lining up a police escort made up mostly of Jefferson County police departments to escort Wyndham's body from Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home along U.S. 340 today after the scheduled 11 a.m. services to Fairview Lutheran Cemetery in Bolivar, W.Va.

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