Deputy honored by Create Buckhannon


Tyler Gordon selected as Officer of the Year

BUCKHANNON — Not too long ago, a deputy responded to a motor vehicle accident in Southern Upshur County with a school-aged boy in the backseat.

The deputy put the child in his climate-controlled cruiser and provided him with snacks and a coloring book and crayons he keeps in his vehicle.

That was one of many small acts of kindness that deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department has done in his three years as a law enforcement officer.

The second annual Jim Farrell Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was presented to Gordon Sept. 20 at the weekly Create Buckhannon meeting.

The person who nominated Gordon wrote, “There have been many other instances where Tyler’s presence in this community has changed the day, and even the life, of others. He has shoveled snow, given courtesy rides in winter, provided hope for those without, rushed people to the hospital when an ambulance couldn’t make it and endured the pain with those hurting.”

City councilman C.J. Rylands presented the award to Gordon.

“Over the years, we’ve had a lot of conversations about policing and community policing,” Rylands said. “A lot of contributions to that conversation were made by Jim Farrell, who was a retired policeman in New York.

“Ultimately, the strength of any community is directly proportional to the connections between the citizens. Police are one of the few public servants who are constantly interacting with the public. If that interaction is positive, I think ultimately any policing strategy or philosophy that brings the community together and builds trust and cohesion with the community, your job is going to get easier because we are all in it together.”

Gordon thanked Create Buckhannon, the City of Buckhannon and local citizens for the award.

“It means a lot coming from the people,” he said. “I do this job to serve and protect. This has been a great place to work for the three years I have been here. You couldn’t ask for a better place to work.”

Gordon graduated with honors from West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He graduated with the 164th West Virginia State Police Academy as class valedictorian with a record-breaking grade point average of 99.2.

Create Buckhannon aims to continue the annual award to honor a local law enforcement officer and pay tribute to Farrell.

Farrell was assigned to the Armed Forces Police Detachment, served in the 77th Army Reserve Command, was a New York State University Policeman at Stony Brook University on Long Island, worked as a NYS Park Policeman and was the supervisor of the Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Safety section of the Suffolk County Police Department. After retiring to West Virginia with his wife, Diane, Farrell became involved in the local emergency services sector and was last employed as Upshur County Emergency Management director. He passed away in 2017 after battling cancer.

Farrell envisioned the award, which Create Buckhannon later chose to rename in his honor, and even provided three National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial commemorative coins which will go to the first three recipients. Sgt. Mark Stewart with the Buckhannon Police Department received the inaugural award in 2017.

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