NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2010
Contact: ACDUSM Brad Sellers,
Southern District of West Virginia
(304)34...
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Press Release DUSMs EFAW and RICHTER - Robert Forsythe Award Valor

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  • 1. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release April 13, 2010 Contact: ACDUSM Brad Sellers, Southern District of West Virginia (304)347-5136 MARSHAL SERVICE PERSONNEL HONORED Charleston, WV – Deputies Jason Richter and Philip Efaw received the Marshals Service’s Robert Forsyth Valor Award, which is the agency’s highest award, today in Arlington, VA. The criteria for this award was that nominees have demonstrated unusual courage, good judgment, and competence in hostile circumstances, or shall have performed an act or service which saved the life of another person while endangering his/her own life. This award is named after the first U.S. Marshal killed in the line of duty, which occurred on January 11, 1794. Robert Forsyth was the first appointed Marshal for the District of Georgia prior to his death. Both deputies received this prestigious award based on their performance while stationed in the Southern District of West Virginia. In February 2008, each of these deputies was working with other law enforcement officers to apprehend an individual in the Huntington, WV area for outstanding federal and state warrants. In one alleged robbery, this fugitive allegedly attempted to shoot a store manager that had followed him out of a local pharmacy. As officers approached a vehicle the fugitive was located in, the fugitive produced a weapon and disregarded the officers’ verbal commands by pointed the weapon in the direction of the officers. DUSM Richter, reacting to the fugitive’s threat, fired a fatal shot that struck the fugitive. During this event, DUSM Efaw risked his safety to ensure that the vehicle’s driver was removed unharmed from the vehicle, as well as attempting to provide immediate medical care to the fugitive. Both deputies have recently left that district to explore employment opportunities in other districts within the Marshals Service. They were among the 53 recipients of various awards honoring Marshals Service personnel and our law enforcement partners during the annual Director’s Awards Banquet. The Marshals Service and the Southern District of West Virginia applauds these deputies for the service they gave to the communities within the Southern District of West Virginia. - END -

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