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U.S. Attorney for Northern District Honors Outstanding Individuals

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia held a prestigious ceremony honoring individuals for their outstanding criminal investigations and community service work in the region. The event, which was not open to the public or media due to the undercover nature of some awardees, recognized approximately 22 law enforcement officials for their exemplary work over the past 18 months.

Among the recipients was Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith, who received a career award for his exceptional service since taking office in 2001. The Marshall County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force were also acknowledged for their exceptional wiretap and drug trafficking investigations, respectively.

In addition to law enforcement agents, public servants like Wheeling resident Jody Miller were honored for their community service efforts. Miller, known for her work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), received the U.S. Attorney’s community service award.

During the ceremony, U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld emphasized the importance of recognizing individuals who have made a significant impact on the community through their work. He highlighted the diverse contributions of awardees, from law enforcement officers to dedicated community activists like Miller.

Reflecting on her award, Miller expressed gratitude for the recognition and shared her commitment to continuing her community service in honor of her daughter’s memory. The ceremony underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in making the community safer and honoring those who strive to create positive change.

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