Family, friends and thankful citizens came out Friday to congratulate Elkins Police Chief H.R. White on his retirement after 25 years of service.
"It's one of those things where you don't know what to say," said White. "There's been a lot of long shifts that are now finally over, but at the same token it's bittersweet. I'm going to miss everyone."
White said he would still see a lot of the people, though, since he will still be living in Elkins.
Chief H.R. White of the Elkins Police Department is recognized Friday for his 25 years of service to the community as he enters retirement. From left are Melissa Stalnaker, police secretary; Ginger Defibaugh, dispatcher; Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady; Lt. S.D. Richards; Kelly White; Lynn Phillips; and Del. Denise Campbell.
"I'm very proud of my husband," said Kelly White. "I'm proud of everything he's accomplished in his 25 years."
White's mother, Rickie White, also watched as the community celebrated her son's milestone.
"I'm very proud of what he's been able to accomplish for the city of Elkins," she said. "I wish him the best in his retirement."
Del. Denise Campbell, D-Randolph, was on hand to honor a man she knew for years before he entered law enforcement.
"He's always been a very good person," she said.
Recognition for White's years of service was sent from Charleston.
"Governor Tomblin has asked me to come and present congratulations to Rob White for his 25 years of service to the city of Elkins," said Lynn Philllips, representing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
"Personally, I've known him since he started," Phillips added. "He certainly did a good job, and the people of Elkins should be very proud of him and thankful for the job he's done over the past 25 years."
Phillips read a letter from the governor thanking him for his service and wishing him the best in the future.
"I commend him for his service and dedication," said Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady. "My congratulations to him and I hope he has a great retirement."