Young receives the Gary D. Deem Lifetime Achievement Award
PARKERSBURG — A retired officer of the Parkersburg Police Department has received the Gary D. Deem Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fraternal Order of Police Blennerhassett Lodge 79.
Receiving the award was Ronald “John” Young, who rose through the ranks and achieved the rank of captain. Young was hired on Dec. 30, 1993, and retired June 30, 2019.
“Ret. Capt Young is deserving of this award. He retired with many years of dedicated service to our department and our community,” Lodge 79 President Beniah Depue said. “Captain Young achieved the third highest rank in his department. His life is a testament of Law Enforcement.”
The Gary D. Deem Lifetime Achievement Award is named after Gary D. Deem, who was the police chief in Vienna from 1967 until he retired from the department in 2005 after 45 years of service. Deem, appointed to the Wood County Commission in 2005, died in 2016 at the age of 79.
The pandemic and the response to contain the contagion caused a change this year in the Police Week ceremonies. The lodge earlier this week announced Deputy Sheriffs Desiree Matheny and Tasha Hewitt Monday were named the Police Officers of the Year and Darliss Eichhorn as the recipient of the Pennie McLain Half Unit of the Year Award.
The Fraternal of Police on Thursday placed a wreath at the police and firefighters memorial at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.
The keynote speaker at the canceled ceremony was to be state Supreme Court Justice John A. Hutchison, who in a statement said it was fitting for Young to receive the award.
“Capt. John Young dedicated his life to serving the public as a Parkersburg Police Officer. He rose through the ranks, achieving the rank of captain,” Hutchison said. “Because of his efforts his community is a better place to live, work and raise a family. It is fitting, therefore, that he be recognized with this lifetime achievement award. It is my honor to have the opportunity to congratulate and thank Capt. Young for his years of dedicated service on behalf of his fellow officers and on behalf of a grateful community.”