MASON COUNTY — Though those in the Mason County Law Enforcement Community are always there, they often go unnoticed.
The Point Pleasant Rotary Club hopes to change all that by holding the upcoming Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. The special dinner is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge, to honor all Mason County Law Enforcement Officers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifices made to protect and serve the communities of Mason County.
Each officer and his/her family are cordially invited to attend this event to be honored for their service and to help celebrate the announcement of the Officer of the Year Award, which will be presented at the banquet. All law enforcement departments will have the opportunity to nominate one of more law enforcement officers from either their own department or another department within Mason County. The chief or department head will coordinate the nomination process for the “Officer of the Year” and will provide the necessary forms to make recommendations. The “Officer of the Year” will receive a plaque and $500.
Each nominee will be recognized at the Appreciation Banquet and then one nominee will be named Officer Of The Year. Qualifications for nomination include, recognition of an exceptional act, achievements and/or meritorious service that exceed the normal expectations of job performance including, but not limited to, acts of personal heroism, crime prevention, detective work, community relations, juvenile programs, traffic safety, and/or innovative approaches to public service.
In addition to honoring officers, the keynote speaker for the event will be Cabell County Sheriff and President of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association, Thomas McComas. Emceeing the event will be Mason County Commission President Rick Handley.
West Virginia has lost several law enforcement officers in the recent past that remind everyone of the dangers and risk that law enforcement officers face each day. The Point Pleasant Rotary Club wants to better educate the general public and citizens of the risk and the dedication that each officer puts forth each day in performing their job. With the banquet, Rotary members also want to honor all Mason County Law Enforcement Officers for their dedication, hard work and sacrifices made to protect and serve the communities of Mason County.
The dinner is free to law enforcement members and their families. Additional tickets can be purchased from any Rotary member at $25 each or $45 per couple.
There are sponsorship opportunities for the event which include: Platinum, eight tickets for $350; Gold, two tickets for $200; Silver, $150. All sponsors will be recognized for their support.