The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 5, 2011

Beckley Police Department officers honored

BECKLEY — Many Beckley City Police officers were recognized Friday for their exemplary service during the department’s annual awards ceremony.

Honored as Patrol Officer of the Year was Cpl. Clark D. McCormick. Having started at the police department in November 2007, McCormick has proved to be an “exceptional officer,” Chief Tim Deems said.

“No matter what assignment is given to him, he completes it without hesitation,” Deems explained. “His supervisors describe him as courteous, professional and a well-rounded officer who enjoys his job.”

Deems said McCormick has performed his duties at a high level and maintained a high standard for the entire year while gaining the respect of his co-workers and the public he serves.

Sgt. David S. Allard was also honored, receiving the Investigator of the Year award.

Allard has led many successful investigations in the past year, including two murder cases and the bank robbery at City National Bank on Harper Road during which a makeshift bomb was left at the scene.

“His dedication and the ability to use resources outside of the police department was critical in these successful investigations,” Deems said.

Winning the Civilian Employee of the Year award was Mark Ford, assigned to the Parking Enforcement Division, who began working for the police department in September 1990.

“He is a dedicated employee, and in addition to his assigned duties, he is always willing to lend a hand whenever needed,” Deems said.

Others were honored with the Distinguished Service Award, given to any member who performs their duties at a high level and maintains an above-average standard for the year.

Those honored include: Lindsay Kearns, Kathy Grossman, Al Gray, Sgt. David R. Farley, Sgt. William J. Ray Jr., Sgt. Frankie D. Shelton, Sgt. Seneca D. Webb, Cpl. Justin A. Grogg, Cpl. Joshua S. Stewart, Cpl. Billy J. Adkins, Cpl. Morgan G. Bragg, Detective Bryan M. Atterson, and Patrolman Phillip W. Conley.

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