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Dinner Honors Local Law Enforcement

By Staff | Oct 14, 2015

A Law Enforcement Dinner, organized by First Christian Church of New Martinsville, was held Thursday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Kayla Van Dyne)

The First Christian Church of New Martinsville, located on Maple Avenue, recently held a dinner to honor local law enforcement officers in Wetzel County.

The meal, which was prepared by the church’s “Love Ladies” group was a way to bring together members of the church and in hopes of strengthening relationships and to thank officers for their service. In attendance were officers from Wetzel County Sheriffs Office and the New Martinsville Police Department. The dinner was held at the church. Rev. Vic Hunter led the prayer.

This was the first time that the church has held a dinner for law enforcement.

“There has been so much in the news about police officers, the stress they are under, criticism they receive,” Hunt said. “We want to be proactive in helping to build a community relationship with the officers and to honor them and to encourage them and to be a part of the conversation of what our community needs.”

Hunter went on to say that the main point was to say “thank you and we are with you” to the officers.

After introductions and a sit-down meal that allowed the officers to interact with the congregation and officers of other agencies, Hunter spoke to the crowd, and the officers were able to have their picture taken with Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught.

“It was great for these ladies to do this. The First Christian Church does a lot for the community and it is a blessing for them. I grew up in this church and it is a blessing to see what they do now for all the community, for the police officers, and for our local responders,”New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil stated.

Cecil went on to say that after the flood of 2004, the church fed those who affected. Many of the officers were very appreciative for the dinner and to be recognized. Chief Deputy Mike Koontz of the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office was happy that a lot of new officers were in attendance.

“It’s very good for them, especially when starting their careers, to feel appreciated,” Koontz said.