Corporal Kevin Goff of the West Virginia Natural Resources Police received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award Tuesday from Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught.
Goff has worked in Wetzel County for 15 years and has been with the DNR for 23 years.
"He's always been very reliable," said Haught. "It's a long time coming. He has a very reasonable and practical attitude."
Corporal Kevin Goff, center, accepts the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught, right. Pictured at left is Goff’s supervisor, Sgt. C.D. Shriner. (Photo by Amy Witschey)
"I don't feel really deserving of it," said Goff as he was surprised with the recognition. Goff has been on medical leave from an injury for over a year.
Sgt. C.D. Shriner, DNR supervisor for Wetzel through Hancock counties, said, "I know it's not just for 2011." He added that even while on medical leave, Goff has been a great help to the department.
"I wanted to recognize you. I appreciate all you do," Haught told Goff. Wetzel County has one of the highest fine and conviction rates in the state on DNR charges. Shriner said it certainly makes a difference when the prosecutor and a magistrate, Tom Shepherd, love outdoor pursuits.
Haught also praised Goff for his long-time commitment to preventing infractions by teaching a love of the outdoors through outreach, particularly to youth. "Kevin has always done that," he noted.
"It's tough for me to think I deserve this over the rest of the guys," said a humble Goff who says he does plan on returning to work, hopefully soon. The timing will depend upon when his doctors release him for such activity.
Goff and his wife Melinda have one son, five-year-old Aaron.