Each year, there are men and women who put their lives in the line for our safety. One organization in Martinsburg recognized this years law and safety day with a banquet and recognition ceremony.
Law enforcement officers along with their loved ones in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson county gathered at the Elks Lodge in Martinsburg to recognize 18 outstanding men and women for their impact on the community this past year.
“When a family is awaken in the middle of the night by sounds of intruder or the smell of smoke, a prompt response by trained professionals is critical,” said Deputy Chief George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department.
Critical and not uncommon for those in uniform and behind the badge. James Everhart has been with the Martinsburg Police Department for 16 years. He says he won’t forget the day that his quick action saved a young girl.
“She was blue. She had no pulse. Myself along with the school nurse started cpr. When the medics arrived, we were able to get her back,” said Everhart.
A moment that reminds him of why he continues to give back to the community. A feeling like no other.
“Great. I get a big hug from her every day at school,” said Everhart.
Sunday was a day to show appreciation for the courage and commitment from law and safety officers right here in our Tri-state.
“Some of their stories are just profoundly impactful on the community. We’d like to once the year stop and salute them for a job well done,” said Elks Co-Chairman Rodney Woods.
Those recognized included officers from state police, sheriff’s department and FBI agencies.