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Ceremony pays tribute to black first responders

By From staff reports

Below are the other black law enforcement officers and first responders honored in a recent ceremony:  

  • Sgt. C.A. "Tony" Bolland, a 25-year member of the West Virginia State Police.
  • Lt. Reginald Patterson, a 17-year member of the West Virginia State Police.
  • James L. Johnson, former Charleston police patrol sergeant and currently investigator for the West Virginia Civil Rights Commission.
  • Ivin B. Lee, former executive director of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, former corporal and sergeant for the Charleston Police Department and former chief of police of Dunbar.
  • Dallas S. Staples, former chief of the Charleston Police Department.
  • Carl O'Neal, nominated as deputy of the year with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
  • Gale A. Teare, former victim services coordinator with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
  • Calvin H. Hicks, former captain with the Charleston Fire Department.
  • Matthew P. Jackson, former member of the Charleston Fire Department who held the ranks of lieutenant, captain, training officer and acting assistant chief.
  • Chuck Overstreet, first black chief and current chief of the Charleston Fire Department.
  • Kenneth E. Tyree Jr., former Charleston firefighter and currently captain of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
  • Those honored in memoriam:

  • Charleston Police Department - Harvey Bush, Edward Clark, Robert Easley and Edward Leonard.
  • Kanawha County Sheriff's Department - Jail matron Dorothy Singleton.
  • Charleston Fire Department - George Coats, R. E. McCormick and Thurmon "Pecks" Straughter.
  • West Virginia State Police - Barrington Gore.

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