Officers doing what they can to help one of their own


A former Ohio County Sheriffs deputy and marine dedicated his life to serving others, now his fellow officers are working to help him.

Officer Mel Cunningham lost his wife of 40 years and was going to go back to work with the West Liberty Police Department a week after her funeral, but instead of getting back inside a cruiser, he suffered two massive strokes.

Since then, West Liberty University Police Chief Joseph Montemurro said Mel had brain surgery, then ICU in Morgantown, before coming back to Belmont Community Hospital to recover.

Montemurro said Mel was doing well, but got an infection in his brain and is back in Morgantown.

He is in stable condition, but medical bills and traveling are taking a big toll on his family.

“Ohio County Sheriffs department worked there for 25 years. Retired as a lieutenant there and he came here as a retirement job and he’s been here for 10 years. And now, this happened to him, its been a really rough time for him and now we’re trying to do everything we can,” said Montemurro.

The goal is $15,000 right now it’s up to about $1,200. The chief said any donation will help Officer Cunningham and his family.

Here’s a link for the Go Fund Me:

Chief Montemurro says Officer Cunningham plans to return to West Liberty Police after he recovers.

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