Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 16, 2014

Princeton detachment welcomes five troopers

PRINCETON — The West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment welcomed five graduates to join the team of troopers for Mercer and McDowell counties recently.

Troopers R.W. Justus, N.S. Syner and D.B. Whited were among the five to join the detachment. After graduating from their cadet class, each graduate had to go through field training with an experienced officer.

“They show you every aspect of the job and you have to complete a series of tasks before you can be put out on the road by yourself,” Whited said.

Whited, of Bluefield, will patrol Mercer County. He worked for the Princeton Police Department for seven years. “I’ve always had the desire to become part of the state police,” he said.

Now that he is a state trooper, Whited said he will get to cover a larger area in Mercer County and that the call volume is also higher.

“I rode with a trooper when I was 16 years old, ever since then I’ve had the fever to be a part of the family,” he said.

Syner, of Edmond, will also patrol Mercer County. After serving in the Air Force, he studied to become part of the state police.

Part of what inspired Syner to pursue his career was when a trooper performed a good Samaritan deed by buying gas for him.

“After that day I realized I could make all the money in the world but I’d never have the brotherhood that they have,” he said.

Syner’s father has also been a trooper for 10 years.

Justus, of Jolo, will serve McDowell County and previously worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections for four years. He said becoming a trooper has “been a longtime goal of mine.” Since he was a child, he said he appreciated the professionalism and tradition that comes with being a state trooper.

Nineteen people trained with Justus in his cadet class. He said the cadets were  “prepared mentally and physically for the obstacles that you will face in the field.”

Justus added that he is proud to be able to serve as a state trooper.

Sgt. D.W. Miller, Princeton detachment commander, is happy to have the extra help of five new troopers. “To get the extra manpower is a blessing,” he said. “All the new guys seem to be working out really well. I think we’re going to have a really good crew.”

Troopers Hephner and Murry also recently joined the detachment, but were unavailable for comment.

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