By Cody Neff
The 10th annual Fraternal Order of Police Black Diamond Lodge No. 81’s Awards Banquet is almost here again and police officials say the event honors the men and women who work to keep us safe, but it also helps the community.
The banquet will be at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Beckley Moose Lodge.
“This is an awards banquet that recognizes top law enforcement officers from within Raleigh County from all of the different agencies,” Beckley Police Lt. Paul Blume said. “We also present some community service awards at the banquet.
“This year we have eight distinguished service awards and those are the awards that are given to these officers. Out of those, there is an ‘Officer of the Year’ named as well.”
The banquet also acts as a fundraiser for an important local group, Blume said.
“All the proceeds that we get from the ticket sales goes directly to Crime Stoppers,” he said. “We donate it all to Crime Stoppers for everything they do for law enforcement and helping us solve crimes throughout the year. They are also sponsoring the event with us.
“It’s a good fundraiser for Crime Stoppers and goes back to a good cause within our community. That’s why we do it. There are a limited number of tickets, so we’re hopeful that people will jump on them quick. They will probably be sold out by the time the event rolls around.”
The event is a buffet dinner and will feature U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, as the guest speaker and Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien as the MC.
Tickets are on sale now and cost $10. Blume says you can buy tickets from any Crime Stoppers member. Connie Mills at the Raleigh County Courthouse and Linda Carr at City Hall have tickets. You can call Mills at 304-255-7867 or Carr at 304-256-1750.
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