The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 4, 2006


Trooper uses father’s advice: ‘Do your best,’ day after day

Instinct and attention to detail have served Greg Bishop well in both his military career and his law enforcement vocation, often safeguarding his life and helping him put away the bad guys. Not only is he a West Virginia State Police commander, he has served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In his own eyes, however, any success has come from the early lessons his father, Lacy Bishop Jr., taught him.

“He used to tell me, ‘If you’re going to dig ditches, be the best ditch digger.’ Sometimes when you’re young, you think someone is just being hard on you, but those are the lessons you take with you. Any success I’ve had came from lessons from him.

“We all have to do things we don’t want to do or don’t enjoy, but I was taught you get into it and do your best. Whatever it is, give it your best. Looking back on it, everyone would be a lot happier if they did that,” he said.

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Bishop grew up in Baileysville. When he was in elementary school, he wanted to be a policeman. By the time he moved on to middle school, the Marine Corps seemed a more compelling choice.

It was after college, however, that both career choices were made.

He makes no bones about the fact he went to Marshall University to play football. Bishop loved football when he played for Baileysville High.

“When I graduated, I wasn’t done yet. I wanted to play more football; that was my sole purpose in going to college,” he recalled.

He walked onto the Marshall field and made the team. His problem came when he had to select his courses. The only thing that appealed to him was criminal justice.

“At the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he said, but a criminal justice degree offered several options, including working for the federal government.

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