MITCHELL HEIGHTS, W.Va. — A local police officer was honored on Oct. 3 for his roll in rushing a child to the hospital when the boy could not breathe.
Kevin Conley received a plaque honoring his commitment to the community of Mitchell Heights and for his heroic deed during the Monday, Oct. 3 council meeting.
Mayor James “Cliff” Motes, along with Councilmember Terri Rodighiero, Roman Rodighiero and Rafael Rodighiero presented Patrolman Conley with an engraved plaque in the middle of the meeting.
“We have a special presentation for an employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the residents of our town,” Mayor Motes said, praising Conley for acting quickly in rushing the child to the hospital for medical help during a severe asthma attack. Conley was surrounded by the young boy and his family members who thanked him for his heroic deed.
Mayor Motes said that the town had hired a new part-time officer and that patrols in the town will be increasing. Recently a resident had complained about an alleged prowler on his property and the mayor said that a problem with one of the police department’s cruisers should be fixed soon.
“The headlights were going out randomly on the police cruiser,” Mayor Motes said, explaining the problem was in an electronic light relay module. The part is expensive; however the Mayor had some good news. “Normally this part is around $380 wholesale,” he said. “However I found a vendor in Texas who can repair them. Without this part the car does not have dependable lights. But the part came in on Saturday and it only takes about 5 minutes to install it. The vendor warrants the part and it only cost us a little over $100. …We also have a new officer coming onto the force.”
The mayor said with the new patrolman and the cruiser back in service that night time patrols in the town will increase.
There were no reported citations or traffic accidents in September; however one of the town’s police officers was called upon about an incident that was reported as storm damage to an automobile.
Officer Joe Lyall said a storm had struck on Thursday and that an insurance agent had investigated the incident.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.