Stanley honors Officer Winum

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The Stanley Police Department released a remembrance of  Officer Dominic Nick Winum.

Sat. Feb.26 was one year to the day that Officer Winum was killed in the line of duty in a traffic stop in Stanley Virginia.

February 26 has been declared Officer Winum day in the town.

Winum was honored by citizens, officials and politicians in a ceremony at the Ed Good Park on Saturday Feb. 26, 2022.

The new Stanley Police Department was named the Winum Building in honor of the officer on Sat. as well.

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3,000 attend memorial service for officers

Approximately 3,000 people attended the memorial service of the two officers killed in the line of duty on Feb. 1 according to ABC News.

The officers were shot and killed on the Bridgewater College (BC) Campus last week.

The service was held at James Madison University’s (JMU) Atlantic Union Bank Center because of the crowd that was expected along with its proximity to Bridgewater.

Governor Glenn Youngkin attended the service telling the crowd that Officer John Painter and J.J. Jefferson must be celebrated, honored and always remembered.

Livestream of the service was held at both BC and Shenandoah University (SU).

Jefferson worked at SU from 2012 to 2018 and met his wife there a 2013 SU graduate.

Campus Police Departments, State Police and other Law Enforcement from across the state were a part of the gathering.

The service was over two and a half hours long.

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Bridgewater brings fallen heroes home

A town of Grottoes and Bridgewater College social post confirm that the two officers killed Tues. Feb. 1 at the school were taken to the funeral home yesterday Feb. 3.

Grottoes Police Chief Jason Sullivan led the procession that brought retired Grottoes Police Chief and former Bridgewater College Officer John Painter to the funeral home.

Former Shenandoah University and Bridgewater Security Officer J.J. Jefferson was in the same caravan.

Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders and Citizens paid their respects to the fallen Officers by lining the procession route from Roanoke to Harrisonburg.

Where funeral services for the two Officers are still being planned a memorial fund has been planned in their honor.

Bridgewater College confirmed in their social post that they have established a formal memorial fund in the men’s honor.

The school’s Police Department will announce what will happen with the funds once they confer on the subject.

All activities at Bridgewater College have been cancelled until at least Mon. Feb. 7.

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News Maker Cindy Moody on Wreaths Across America Shenandoah County

The Narrow Passage Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Woodstock are laying wreaths on veteran grave sites Sat. Dec. 18.

This is part of the Wreaths Across America Day Sat. Dec. 18 this year, to honor our fallen heroes.

There are wreath laying ceremonies around the Shenandoah Valley that day as well as at Arlington National Cemetery.

At the Wreaths Across America website you can find a ceremony near you.

We spoke with Cindy Moody of the Narrow Passage DAR about the Shenandoah County plans in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Cindy tells us of the number of wreaths that will be laid.

Cindy also tells us about two locations in Shenandoah County that wreaths will be laid.

The ceremony starts at noon on Sat. Dec. 18.

Cindy invites everyone to join in the ceremony and perhaps volunteer to lay a wreath.

Click here for Cindy’s interview.

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