It was an exciting day for the Wheeling Police and Fire Department as current and retired members were honored for their dedication to keeping our community safe.
8 police officers and 10 fire fighters received promotional badges from Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger and Fire Chief Larry Helms.
Dozens of other officers received recognition for specific cases where they went above and beyond the call of duty.
Chief Schwertfeger even honored assistant Ohio County Prosecutor Shawn Turak for her collaboration with detectives in court.
Also honored, Dr. Karl Yurko with K.E.Y. Animal Hospital for taking care of the 5 canine officer with the Wheeling Police Department.
The Chief’s Eagle Award was given to Private First Class Jason Hupp. Chief Schwertfeger says this award is a high honor, and the future of the force is bright under the leadership of officers like Pfc. Hupp.
“I couldn’t be happier at this point in time to what they are all bringing to the table Lt. Kettler, Lt. Noice, Lt. Prager, who was not recognized today but was a recent promotion, all doing a tremendous job, the geographic policing concept and just the professionalism and all, I’m really happy with the way the Wheeling Police department is moving forward,” said Chief Shawn Schwertfeger.
“You know when we do these commendations they some of them feel like it’s not deserved because it’s something that they’re supposed to do and they don’t realize how far above and beyond the normal call of duty that their actions take them,” said Chief Larry Helms.
Chief Helms honored officers who put their lives on the line entering into the fatal fire on McColloch Street before any other fire companies were on scene and without full body protection.