FBI Holds 8th Annual Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Law Enforcemen - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

FBI Holds 8th Annual Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Tornado Confirmed in Pleasants and Ritchie from Sunday's Storm

    Tornado Confirmed in Pleasants and Ritchie from Sunday's Storm

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:48:10 GMT
    Storm Damage in Ritchie CountyStorm Damage in Ritchie County

     Struck Sunday Evening with wind gusts to 100 MPH.  

     Struck Sunday Evening with wind gusts to 100 MPH.  

  • West Virginia Agencies Host Workshop on Human Trafficking

    West Virginia Agencies Host Workshop on Human Trafficking

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:26:38 GMT
    First responders, police officers, and educators from our state attended a workshop on Human Trafficking and related issues. West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center and the Department of Homeland Security hosted the event.
    First responders, police officers, and educators from our state attended a workshop on Human Trafficking and related issues. West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center and the Department of Homeland Security hosted the event.
  • Wide West Weekend: Great Durbin Train Robbery Train Ride Aug 9 & 10

    Wide West Weekend: Great Durbin Train Robbery Train Ride Aug 9 & 10

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:23:22 GMT
    Guests are encouraged to experience the historic Durbin Rocket and travel back in time for a real 1885 train robbery on Aug 9-10 in Durbin.The Great Durbin Train Robbery will have guests witness a cowboys on horseback and railroad agents shoot out.
    Guests are encouraged to experience the historic Durbin Rocket and travel back in time for a real 1885 train robbery on Aug 9-10 in Durbin.The Great Durbin Train Robbery will have guests witness a cowboys on horseback and railroad agents shoot out.
CLARKSBURG -

On Thursday, the FBI CJIS Division Complex held a Memorial Ceremony in Honor of Fallen West Virginia Law Enforcement for eight years.

The somber ceremony is for family members, FBI employees, and other law enforcement. The event is a way to bring closure while celebrating the lives of the fallen officers."

"We are a family and we're all suffering. So when we see them in the crowd, and we're up there talking, we know each other," said Captain James Merrill, of the West Virginia State Police. "We know them, we know them like my mom and dad."

The ceremony included musical selections and Honor Roll of more than 100 West Virginia Law Enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

"The FBI, first and foremost, is a law enforcement agency," said David Cuthbertson, the Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. "It's part of what we do to as the FBI family is honor those in state federal and local law enforcement who have given their lives."

Each officers name is added to the law enforcement memorial at CJIS.

"We put new names on that stone every year, regrettably," said Cuthbertson. "It's just our family saying thank you to the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."

The death of a fellow officer can be hard on those still on duty. The Wellness Officer and Chaplain is able to discuss things with officers to help them get closure.

"We're able to go to him in a confidential way and discuss those types of things with him," said Captain Merrill. "I think that seems to help with some of the stress, and questions the troopers may have. It's been a blessing in disguise having that position."

Captain Merrill and Corporal Jim Mitchell of the State Police were both guest speakers at the ceremony.

State Police also placed a wreath at the memorial site with each fallen officers name.