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.”
“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
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
Farrell envisioned the award, which