After visiting West Virginia recently, I could certainly understand why John Denver wrote his popular song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Everyone made me feel like I was at home. I was in Wheeling to recognize twenty law enforcement officers for their extraordinary efforts concerning drunk driving.
Sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Straub Automotive, the event was attended by more than 100 people. I had the honor of talking with two of the MADD Wheeling Chapter volunteers, President Melissa Goldbaugh and Jody Miller who have an incredible tie that binds them together.
Jody’s daughter, Heather, was killed by a drunk driver and Melissa's husband Bill, a law enforcement officer, was there at that tragic scene. Later, Bill was killed by a drunk driver. The loss that each has suffered has brought them together to do tremendous things in West Virginia. They couldn’t be more supportive of law enforcement, generously showing their appreciation. The efforts by the Wheeling Chapter earned it the Chapter of the Year Award in 2015, and I was honored to present them with that award at the National Conference in Washington, DC last year.
I am pleased to share more pictures from this wonderful event below.