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Goodwin Honors Southern WV Law Enforcement Agencies

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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin honored more than 60 law enforcement officers and agencies throughout the southern part of the state Nov. 8 afternoon at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston.

During the ceremony, Goodwin presented several awards, including those demonstrating outstanding law enforcement work on major cases involving drug, violent crime, workplace safety and child exploitation.

"Everyone receiving an award today understands the value of service and sacrifice for the greater good," Goodwin said. "But some are called upon to make greater sacrifices than others."

Goodwin took the opportunity to honor slain troopers Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman with the state police.

The two troopers were killed in the line of duty after responding to a report of reckless driving in August 2012. The troopers' parents were present to accept the awards given for their bravery and service to their state.

"The people of Clay County and West Virginia are safer because of the brave and skilled work these two dedicated officers (showed)," Goodwin said.

At the time of their deaths, the officers were working with a team of police on a case involving Raymond Hersman, a major methamphetamine dealer in Clay County distributing drugs from North Carolina. Hersman was eventually convicted of the crime and faces a minimum prison sentence of 20 years.

"I'm deeply honored to have the parents of those troopers (here)," Goodwin said at the event. "Today's ceremony will be dedicated to (their) work." 

Among other law enforcement officers honored Friday was Cpl. Errol D. Randle with the Charleston Police Department. 

Randle was given the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award after his efforts to create a group including Mary C. Snow Westside Elementary School and New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston. The group was intended to help change the lives of young, underprivileged children. 

"All of these children simply need and desire a positive role model and Cpl. Randle recognized a need in a neighborhood where his former focus was getting drugs (and guns) off of the street," Goodwin said.

Originally assigned to be a strategic planning officer for the CPD, Randle quickly took to changing the lives of the people he was meant to protect.

"All (of the children) have made a significant improvement and because of Cpl. Randle's efforts these men will become doctors, lawyers and maybe even a U.S. Attorney," Goodwin joked.

Other honors Friday included the first Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, given to James Lafferty, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. 

Lafferty is an 11-year veteran of the FBI, having investigated a variety of complex criminal cases involving prescription drug traffickers and medical fraud as well as mining and workplace safety investigations in the southern part of the state. 

Other awards given included the Drug and Violent Crime Task Force of the Year, to the DEA AHIDTA task force; Law Enforcement Agency of the Year to the West Virginia State Police; Outstanding Child Advocacy Center to the Child Youth and Advocacy Center; Outstanding Violence Against Women STOP Team to the Raleigh County STOP Team; West Virginia Crime Victim Service Award to the Legal Assistance to Victims Partnership, Legal Aid of West Virginia and WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services to the West Virginia Defending Childhood Initiative, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School and CPD; Outstanding Community Partner to Trifecta Productions, LLC; Outstanding Criminal Justice Partner to the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Huntington Police Department also were honored during the ceremony.