PARKERSBURG - Born to have a career in law enforcement.
That's how Wood County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan D. Windland is described by his peers and Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the sheriff's office.
Windland was named Wood County Deputy of the Year for 2012 by the Wood County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
Photo by Mandi Cardosi
Wood County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Shawn Graham, left, shakes the hand of Deputy Ryan Windland for being named deputy of the year for 2012 by the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
"It's an honor to receive an award in this position," Windland said after receiving the honor. "I wasn't really expecting it."
The award was given at a special event for all deputies, Graham said. He said officers within the department are the voters.
Windland has been with the sheriff's office for about four years and worked in law enforcement since graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy in 2002. He said he worked as a patrolman for the Vienna Police Department for seven years. He is a member of the S.W.A.T. Team.
Graduating with an associate degree in criminal justice from West Virginia University at Parkersburg in 2001, Windland said he has always wanted to be an officer.
"God put me together to be a policeman," he said.
The 33-year-old said he has plans to retire in the law enforcement field and doesn't want to be anything other than a police officer.
Graham said the other nominee for the honor was Deputy Zack Schaad. Windland said he expected Schaad to receive the award.
A recent breaking and entering at the Old Ames Plant on Camden Avenue was investigated by Windland, Graham said. Graham said the deputy apprehended the three suspects seen leaving the Ames plant around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
This is just one of the examples of Windland's efforts to keep the county safe, Graham said.
"He does a great job," Graham said of his colleague's efforts. "He does quality work and is a fine officer."
Because the voters are members of the sheriff's department, Windland said it was humbling to be recognized by his fellow officers.