Wyoming County Sheriff Sherill Parker watched his grandson graduate from the West Virginia State Police Academy Friday, May 3. Now, his grandson will join him at the department for his final term and carry on the Parker legacy.
The handcuffs on Deputy Nicholas Parker’s belt were passed down from generation to generation.
“He carried these for about 40 years and when I started a year ago, they were given to me.. so they’re very important to me they’re special to me.” Nicholas got them from his grandfather when was first hired. His grandfather, Sherill Parker, is the Sheriff of Wyoming County.
Sherril has protected and served the county since 1974, and is nearing the end of his career. He said he feels good knowing when he leaves, there will still be a Parker in the department.
“I feel proud that he wants to do this, but he’s been coming here since he was 2-year-old hanging around and he just got to where he loves it, like I did. It’s what he’s always wanted to do,” Sherril said.
Nicholas said he learned a lot from watching his grandfather enforce the law.
“He listens to problems and then he goes straight to that problem and evaluates how he can fix it to make it better,” said Nicholas. “That’s what I’ve learned from him is to listen to people, listen to their problems and fix it.”
Nicholas graduated from the police academy on Friday, a special moment for both Parkers.
“Best feeling I ever had in my life,” Sherill said. “Seeing him walk across and getting to hand him his diploma was a great feeling.”
Nicholas is officially out on his own as a deputy. He looks forward to serving alongside his grandfather, and he said wearing the name Parker on his uniform makes him hold his head a little higher.
“It just gives you another sense of pride,” said Nicholas. “Even the handcuffs I’m carrying today came from my great grandfather when he was the sheriff of Wyoming County, then passed down to my grandfather, and when I came on these handcuffs were passed down to me…so its just a lot of pride, I’m very proud to be here and very thankful to be here.”
Nicholas said one of his goals is to continue his grandfather’s work of taking drug dealers off the street and make Wyoming County a safer place.