SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 22
(By Senators McCabe, Palumbo, Walters, Wells, Unger and Stollings)
[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]
Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge on highway U. S. 214 South, Oakhurst Drive and Deer Oaks Road in Kanawha County, Bridge No. 20-214-7.97, the “Joseph Albert ‘Joey’ King, Jr., Memorial Bridge”.
Whereas, Joseph Albert "Joey" King, Jr., died in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter on December 4, 2011, when he fell to his death from a bridge while looking for a fire. Joey was very dedicated to the Davis Creek and Ruthdale volunteer fire departments and the safety of his community. The first left from this bridge going south is the road that Joey traveled for years to and from home and work; and
Whereas, Joseph Albert "Joey" King, Jr., was born on August 28, 1951, in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of Joseph and Betty Jo King. He grew up with his parents and his siblings: Arietta, Diana, Bethel and Linnie "Curley". Joey was blessed to have three children: Edna, Joey III and LeAnne. Joey's beloved only son passed away at age twelve in 1988. Joey later met his longtime companion, Sonja Kay, and helped raise her son, Anthony. Joey loved to travel to Florida on his motorcycle to visit his daughter and spend time with his granddaughters, Amanda and Skyler. He loved to ride and was a member of the Patriot Guard and The Red Knights motorcycle clubs. Joey spent many years working at Copley's Wrecker Service. He later worked for the City of Charleston Sanitary Board as a mechanic, before retiring for health reasons. Joey served as a volunteer and took pride in being a firefighter. He found a way to help people and the community by becoming a volunteer firefighter, a task that lasted for the last seven years of his life; and
Whereas, Joey originally started at the fire department to get Anthony interested in something worthwhile and positive. However, he soon realized that he had a knack for what a volunteer fire department does–helping people. He became not only a firefighter, but a great friend to many members of the department. He saw that he could use his mechanical skills to benefit the fire department by caring for the equipment. Most people will never realize how valuable an asset Joey was to the fire department. To his brother firefighters, he was a friend, brother and mentor, with many looking to him for personal advice to help them to get through life. One man stated at the memorial service that Joey was a "First responder" before there was such a thing, the man you wanted at an accident scene. On a lighter note, Joey loved to tease and play practical jokes on others. He enjoyed taking his nieces' sons and granddaughters to his garage, sitting them on his motorcycle or taking them to the firehouse and putting them in the fire truck. Joey was always there for someone in need. People have said he was the nicest guy they knew and could never be replaced. Never once did he hesitate to help anyone in need of help; and
Whereas, It is only fitting that we honor Joseph Albert "Joey" King, Jr., for his dedication to the Davis Creek and Ruthdale volunteer fire departments and the safety of his community, and for his contributions to his community; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the bridge on highway U. S. 214 South, Oakhurst Drive and Deer Oaks Road in Kanawha County, Bridge No. 20-214-7.97, the “Joseph Albert ‘Joey’ King, Jr., Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “Joseph Albert ‘Joey’ King, Jr., Memorial Bridge”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the children, surviving relatives and companion of Joseph Albert "Joey" King, Jr.