Saturday morning, law enforcement officers and their families gathered at the Hilton Inn in Martinsburg for a delicious breakfast.
But it was more than just about scrambled eggs and sausage.
It was the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
“We want to recognize them for that work. It’s hard work. It’s usually not appreciated,” said Margaret Walker, Regional Coordinator, Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
About 30 Eastern Panhandle Officers were recognized for their work with DUI arrests and the Click It or Ticket Program.
“These guys almost have to have a passion for this, because it takes a whole lot more work,” said Walker.
Local politicians and lawmakers were present to honor the officers for their work.
“I gotta say we have the finest group of law enforcement that any area could have,” said West Virginia State Senator John Unger. “They’re really dedicated to their jobs. They’re definitely not there for the money, but they’re there for the public service.”
The program included a music presentation, remarks by special guests and awards.
A Berkeley County officer took home first place for top DUI Officer with 89 DUI arrests in 2016.
The officers said they appreciate the recognition, but it’s all part of their job.
“Impaired driving has increased dramatically over the years, both with alcohol and drugs. It just makes me feel good to know that I’m doing my part to keep the roadways safe,” said Berkeley County Officer Jacob Scwartz.
Organizers said they will continue to host this breakfast and celebrate the officers as a way to keep the roads safe.