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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 60 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 60

(By Delegates Walker, Perry, Staggers and Pino)

 

 

 

Requesting the West Virginia State Police to name the police barracks located at 5650 Big Otter Highway, WV Route 16, near Ivydale, Clay County, the “Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz Memorial Barracks”.

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz was raised in the Holy Grove area of Kanawha County and was a graduate of East Bank High School; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz served our country in the United States Navy and the citizens of Indiana in the Indiana State Police; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz enlisted with the West Virginia State Police on January 6, 1958; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz was killed in the line of duty on October 5, 1970, while serving three warrants on an individual who refused to exit the individual’s residence in Lilly, along Buffalo Creek, Clay County; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz was seated in his patrol car calling for backup assistance when he was shot by the assailant from a window of the residence with a .410 slug loaded shotgun; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz was immediately transported from the scene by a long-time friend, Glen Nelson, and was rushed to an awaiting ambulance near Dundon, before, sadly, succumbing to his injuries; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz served a total of twelve years and nine months with the West Virginia State Police, and was stationed in Clay County, where he was loved by the community, for the last two years; and

    Whereas, Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz was survived by his wife, Margaret L. Swartz, and three daughters; and

    Whereas, A commitment to service runs in the family of Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz whose brothers, Gordon and Bill Swartz, were both WV State Troopers; nephew, Kelly Swartz, is a Deputy with the Cocoa Beach Sheriff’s Department in Florida; and great-nephew Matthew Swartz is a Deputy with the Brevard County Sherrif’s Office in Florida; and

    Whereas, It is fitting and proper that Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz be remembered and acknowledged for his service and ultimate sacrifice; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the West Virginia State Police to name the Clay County police barracks, located at 5650 Big Otter Highway, WV Route 16, near Ivydale, Clay County, the “Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz Memorial Barracks”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the West Virginia State Police are hereby requested to have made and be placed a sign at the bottom of the hill from the barracks identifying the barracks as the “Tpr. Hugh D. Swartz Memorial Barracks”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police and to the surviving family of Tpr. Swartz.

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