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Emergency responders receive thanks, respect

August 25, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


With the deepest gratitude and respect I would like to take time to thank volunteers, law enforcement, fire departments, EMS and the American Red Cross. Your men and women displayed the utmost professionalism and dedication during the recovery efforts of Brian Douglas Brick.

I can speak on behalf of the Brick family and District 1 Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement personnel; we were blessed to have your guidance and assistance during this tragedy.

Due to your efforts, we were able to comfort the Brick family by recovering their son and returning him home.

You are a credit to your profession. I am proud to have made your acquaintance even though it was through this tragedy.

Special thanks to Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins and his deputies, Barbour County Tactical Search and Recovery dog and handler, Upshur County Sheriff's Department, Barbour County Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philippi Fire Department, Belington Fire Department, Junior Fire Department, Barbour County EMS, Preston County Search and Rescue, Banks District Fire Department, Elkins Fire Department, Masontown Fire Department, Morgantown police Department divers, Red Cross members, Tara Graham, Heather Mouser Shelly Starkey, Melinda Weaver, Steve Toth, Alan Reed, West Virginia State Police aviation and all who offered your kindness and assistance to the rescuers and family. Forgive me if I have missed anyone.

Capt. William A. Persinger Jr.

district commander

Natural Resource Police



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