- Mar 17
Officer Erin Gibbons Recognized for Outstanding Community Service
On March 8, 2016, Patrolman First Class Erin Gibbons was presented with an award for his actions during a house fire which occurred this past October. The award was presented to him by Ms. Sarah Britt, who is an advocate for military families and the HonorOne Foundation.
On October 17, 2015 at approximately 1:30am, Officer Gibbons responded to the 600 block of North Second St. to assist with a structure fire. Upon his arrival, Officer Gibbons located Ms. Britt’s elderly mother, Hellen Chapman, inside the burning residence. Officer Gibbons assisted Ms. Chapman in safely evacuating the residence and also rescued her two pet birds. Officer Gibbons remained with Ms. Chapman until her family members were able to arrive at the scene. He then transported the birds back to the Martinsburg Police station so they could be picked by Animal Control for temporary safe-keeping.
“I was just doing my job and treating Mr. Chapman the way I would want someone to treat my family,” Officer Gibbons said. “I’m blown away by this beautiful award and Ms. Britt’s kindness.”
The award presented to Officer Gibbons includes uncirculated Iraqi coins that were decommissioned by Saddam Hussein at the end of the first Gulf War. The coins were recovered by coalition forces and later auctioned off to raise funds to rebuild an orphanage in Basra that had been destroyed during Saddam’s reign. The award was constructed by Products for Good and the HonorOne Campaign.