Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association hands out honors
PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association announced the Deputy and Citizen of the Year Recipients Wednesday afternoon at the Wood County Justice Center.
This year’s Deputy of the Year was presented to Deputy E.G. Michael and the Citizen of the Year is Bill Wright.
These awards are presented each year in celebration of Police Week, which takes place through Saturday.
According to A.N. Wood, deputy and second vice president of the association, a poll is taken among the department to vote for the deputy who goes above and beyond in their work.
Deputy T.L. Hewitt, president of the association, said the award could not have gone to anyone more deserving than Michael.
“He comes to work, he’s a hard worker,” Hewitt said. “I could … list all the reasons that he deserves this award but we’d be here all day.”
Wright is a teacher at the Wood County Technical and Caperton Center who helped by putting together bikes for the Bikes for Tykes program, which gives bikes to children who are in need during the holidays.
Wright was given the award “in appreciation of (his) unwavering support of deputy sheriffs (and his) contribution and dedication to the law enforcement community. We really appreciate all your hard work and support,” Hewitt said.
Wright’s one word to describe how he feels about receiving the award is “humbled.”
“It’s very humbling to me that for the deputies to feel like I’m doing something. I’m just speechless,” Wright said.
Because of coronavirus restrictions, the ceremony was held a little differently than normal.
Award recipients were allowed to bring only immediate family and the banquet will be rescheduled for a later date, Wood said.
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