Several members of the local law enforcement and first-responders community were honored at a ceremony Thursday in conjunction with Black History Month.
Kanawha Family Court Judge Sharon Mullens thanked them for their years of service to the community and their dedication to the job.
"This is a celebration of courage and the constant truth that the power of one can affect many," Mullens said.
Attorney Jeff Woods also spoke at the ceremony and praised the difference those men and women make in the community.
"We all have an obligation to leave this world a little bit better than when we arrived," Woods said.
Those honored were:
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.
Lt. George L. Henderson Jr., the first black city bus driver, retired Charleston Police officer with 30 years service, Yeager Airport Police officer for seven years and former head of the Charleston Police Commission.
Lt. Richard L. James, the first black Charleston Police captain, first black lieutenant and first black chief of detectives.
James L. Johnson, former Charleston Police patrol sergeant and currently investigator for the West Virginia Civil Rights Commission.