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Bath police officer returns from Iraq

March 16, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Town of Bath Police Department Cpl. Craig Pearrell returned to his job recently after serving six months with his military unit in Iraq. 

He said he was happy to be home, but "if my country called me, I'll do it again tomorrow."

Pearrell, 37, of Berkeley Springs, said he and his unit served as security force members at Sather Air Force Base in Baghdad, which is next to Baghdad International Airport. 

His 28-member unit from West Virginia trained with units from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana and California. 

Their job was to patrol the base and keep Sather secure for the U.S. military, he said. 

"Protecting the base was our most concern," Pearrell said. 

He said when he arrived in Baghdad in August, it was about 133 degrees. He said his adrenaline was always "pumped" because he didn't know what to expect. 

He said he and the other members of his unit experienced some "hairy situations," but all of them came back safely. 


Pearrell was not able to speak about specific events he witnessed while in Iraq, but he said he saw "some harsh things."

"Others saw so much worse than we did," Pearrell said. "We were fortunate."

Pearrell's goal now is to run the Bath Police Department. He has been a Bath police officer for seven years and was named acting police chief last April.


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