PARKERSBURG -The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police held its annual memorial service Monday at the Parkersburg City Building.
Officers, officials and relatives from the Wood County Sheriff's Department, the Parkersburg Police Department and the Vienna Police Department were on hand.
Parkersburg police Officer Matt Board, who emceed the event, said the service, part of National Police Week, was to honor fallen officers, retirees and those who are still serving.
During the hour-long service, the Fraternal Order of Police recognized its Citizen of the Year and Officer of the Year.
Dr. David Hall of Hall of Fame Chiropractic was recognized as the Citizen of the Year. Hall, a former police officer in Hollywood, Fla., said he was speechless and overwhelmed by the honor.
Parkersburg police Officer Mike Stalnaker was honored as the Officer of the Year. Board described Stalnaker's work on the force as "meticulous, ethical, courteous to the public and tough when he needs to be."
Board said Stalnaker was his training officer when he joined the force, spending seven weeks with him.
"He was the guy I patterned myself after when it came to being a police officer," Board said of Stalnaker.
Detective Sgt. Shawn Graham of the Wood County Sheriff's Department was singled out for his work with children who are victims of sexual abuse. Sheriff Jeff Sandy said Graham goes above and beyond in his work with kids.
The group also recognized its 2009 scholarship recipients. Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton was the keynote speaker.
Following Wharton's remarks, the ceremony moved outside as officials laid commemorative wreaths on the lawn to recognize and honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty.