MAN — The town of Man has a new Sergeant on it’s police department, but the new officer has a familiar face.
Patrolman Danny Brown was stunned on Dec. 13 when he graduated from the West Virginia Police Academy and his superior officer, Man Police Chief David Walls presented him with his Sergeant’s bars.
“We have been planning this for awhile and we are keeping it secret from him,” Walls told The Logan Banner earlier in December. “Danny has been an exceptionally good officer and a very hard worker and we are proud of him. He got a very bad back injury while in the academy and instead of withdrawing and going back later, he took it upon himself to tough it out and complete the course. Not many men have that fortitude. We are going to give him the good news when he graduates.”
Brown was stunned and overwhelmed that day. A resident of Ohio, Brown had been taking law enforcement classes in the Columbus area with an eye towards a career in law enforcement. His friends talked him into moving to West Virginia and applying with the Man Police Department which was short handed. Brown was actually working at an area pizza restaurant when he was contacted by the Town of Man to come in for an interview. Man Mayor Jim Blevins said he was impressed with the new officer, and Man Councilman John Fekete agreed.
“Danny has a lot of work skills. He can do basic auto repair and he can many other repair type jobs so he has become a very useful person to have around. We like him a lot and are glad to have him,” Fekete said.
“I am very proud of Danny,” said his father-in-law Robert J. Ward, who once was a police officer in the town of Man himself. “Danny had a dream of being a police man. And he worked hard to make that dream come true. When a lot of people sit on a couch and never follow their dreams in life, Danny chased his. When he moved here, he worked and when he got off work he went running every day to get in shape and get ready for the physical agility test at the Academy. That is no easy test to pass either and many good police officers have failed to make it through that point and lost their jobs. But Danny never gave up. I admire any person who has a dream and makes it become real, and he has done that.”
Sgt. Brown also received another boost — he now has his own office at Man Town Hall. Brown said he enjoys working for the town and was glad that he made the move to West Virginia.