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Support: Donated vehicles show importance of friends

It’s good to have friends, and we here in West Virginia know we can usually count on our neighbors to be there for us in time of need.

Recently, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department found out it had some very good friends who were willing to lend a hand.

Road conditions in Calhoun County are not always best for a two-wheel-drive sedan, and former resident Mike Stout — now a city councilman in Clendenin, Kanawha County — understood that.

On the other hand, he had been driving a 2012 Ford Expedition for municipal purposes, which proved tricky to maneuver in town.

“(Stout) knows the struggles we face with being a small department and a small county,” said Calhoun County Sheriff Jeff Starcher.

So Stout donated the vehicle for use as Starcher’s everyday cruiser.

“For county law enforcement, we really need four-wheel drive,” Starcher said.

Meanwhile, Chief Deputy Jason Chang was working to replace the department’s 2011 Dodge Charger, after its engine failed.

The Jefferson County sheriff “didn’t hesitate at all and said he could help out,” according to Starcher. So, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria sedan is now on its way to Calhoun County.

Many of our region’s law enforcement agencies are facing extreme resource challenges. But they still work to serve and protect the rest of us.

It is encouraging to know they’ve got each others’ backs, too.

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