SAR chapter to recognize area detective

PARKERSBURG – The local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will recognize a detective with the Parkersburg Police Department during tonight’s meeting of the Parkersburg City Council.

Det. Donald L. Brown will receive the Law Enforcement Medal from the Capt. James Neal Chapter of the SAR at the start of the council meeting at 7:30 p.m., becoming the first city police officer and only the second person to receive the medal in the local chapter’s 49-year history.

The SAR Law Enforcement Medal is awarded to those who have served with distinction, devotion, exceptional service and accomplishment in the field of law enforcement. The other recipient from the local chapter was then-Det. Rick Woodyard of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office in December 2003.

A member of the Captain James Neal Chapter himself where he is color guard commander, Brown will receive his Law Enforcement Medal from West Virginia Society Registrar Bob Fish, with the chapter’s officers, color guard and his family in attendance.

Brown will be retiring from the PPD at the end of June, after serving for 20 years. In the fall, he will begin working as a criminal justice instructor at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Brown is currently a Criminal Detective in the Juvenile Division. He has served as the Senior Patrol Officer in the Community Policing Unit, as the Parkersburg High School Prevention Resource Officer, as an Adult Criminal Investigator, a former SWAT team member, and currently assigned as a FBI Crisis Negotiator.

Brown is a 13-year U.S. Army Reserves veteran, attaining the rank of Captain, last serving as the commander of Company “C” 463rd Combat Heavy Engineers. He has served as captain of the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department and also worked as an EMT-911 Dispatcher for Camden Clark Medical Center.