2020 Elks Law & Safety Recognition Program Announcement

  • 2020 Elks Law & Safety Recognition Program Announcement

    2020 Elks Law & Safety Recognition Program Announcement

    The COVID 19 virus has impacted the lives of all of our citizens, but none more than those men and women serving in law enforcement, emergency service agencies and related fields. Accordingly, Martinsburg Elks Lodge 778 continues to recognize outstanding individuals who, on a daily basis place themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities safe and secure.

    Although unable to host an in-person tribute ceremony this year, Law & Safety Day Chairman, Martinsburg Police Chief George Swartwood, has announced that twenty individuals have received the Elk’s prestigious award with a beautiful plaque, ceremonial program and sincere appreciation from a grateful community.

    Honorees this year included representatives from the West Virginia State Police and County Sheriff’s Departments in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force. Additional recipients included members of the Martinsburg Police and Fire Departments, 911 Central Dispatch, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the Eastern Regional Jail. Federal agencies recognized this year include members of United States Marshals Service, FBI, VA Police Service, and the 167th Airlift Wing of the WVANG. A special tribute has been extended to United States Attorney William J. Powell for his important work in eastern West Virginia.

    According to Chief George Swartwood, “When a family is awakened in the middle of the night by the sounds of and intruder, or the smell of smoke, a prompt response by trained professionals is critical. Whether it be running the leads in a case going cold, or being away from one’s family for a holiday meal, the men and women recognized today are true community heroes and we thank them for a job well done.”

    Those recognized are noted to have done exceptional work in their respective assignments. Whether it be investigating crimes against children, pursuing drug interdiction activities, responding to serious accidents along our highways or the ravages of a home fire, these public servants are noted to be dedicated, conscientious and highly professional in the delivery of their services.

    Law & Safety Day Co-Chairman, Rodney Woods believes that “The quality of life in one community is, in large part, shaped by those who provide such services to others.”

    Martinsburg Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, Jan Unger has indicated that this program seeks to bring positive public attention to all, who, on a daily basis, perform difficult, and often dangerous jobs in an exceptional manner. The Elks Lodge also sponsors youth activities, support of veterans and drug awareness programmatic offerings.

    2020 Recipients:

    Ptl. Dalton Condo
    Martinsburg Police Department

    TFC David Simerly
    West Virginia State Police

    TFC Matthew Morgan
    West Virginia State Police

    Cpl. Samuel Smith
    West Virginia State Police

    Analyst Geoff Blankenship WV Air National Guard
    Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force

    Deputy Amber Weidman
    Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department

    Deputy R. (Robin) Mahoney
    Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department

    Deputy Luke Shambaugh
    Morgan County Sheriff’s Department

    Cpl. Fred Edwards WVSP
    West Virginia Crimes Against Children Unit

    Josh Mills
    Martinsburg Fire Department

    Corporal Eric Tomlinson
    Eastern Regional Jail of West Virginia

    Senior Airman Mark Dehaven
    167th Security Forces Squadron

    Major John Shade Jr.
    Veterans Affairs Police Service

    O.S.T. Kristy Edwards
    Federal Bureau of Investigations
    Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
    Ed Dashiell

    United States Attorney’s Office
    United States Attorney William J. Powell

    Martinsburg Police Department Dispatch
    Dispatcher Robin Hammond-Thomas

    Berkeley County Central Dispatch
    Emergency 911 Shift Supervisor Jordan S. Flowers

    Berkeley County Court Security Judicial Center
    Deputy Marshal Milford Sliger