Charleston police honored four men Wednesday at the fourth annual Celebration of Black History held in City Council Chambers.
Cpl. Errol Randle said each made a difference in the community.
U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Ronald Layton, who recently served as the Secret Service's resident agent-in-charge for Charleston, spent time mentoring children in the area. His work included the "Boys to Men" group that meets on the city's West Side.
Coston Davis Jr., who retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant, served as president of the state and local chapters of the NAACP. He aided Charleston police in recruiting black officers and currently holds a leadership position at West Virginia State University.
Thomas Tolliver Sr., a local minister, spent a number of years working with children and runs a program called Family Youth and Development Services on the West Side. Randle said Tolliver also works with children whose parents are incarcerated and is responsible for several gardens in the city.
Paul Sheridan, who is the first white person to be honored at the celebration, worked for over 20 years in Attorney General Darrell McGraw's Civil Rights Division.
Randle said Sheridan worked tirelessly to make sure people were treated fairly and even worked to train officers on how to recognize and deal with hate crimes.