Princeton, WV (WVVA) - On Friday, family and friends gathered at the Mercer County Courthouse to pay tribute to a fellow law enforcement officer.
Peery Richmond started his law enforcement career as a West Virginia State trooper in 1994. After three years, he went to the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept. He started on road patrol and finished his service as a senior deputy and magistrate bailiff.
After 22 years with the sheriff's dept., Richmond has retired from active service, but there are plans for him to continue working at the courthouse.
"Thankfully we found a position for him to come back. After a few weeks, he'll be back to work as a civilian bailiff, and he does great at that," said Sheriff Tommy Bailey, with the Mercer County Sheriff's Dept.
As for Richmond, he says he's proud of something he started.
"I actually helped start the tradition of the flag presentation years ago, and I was glad to see that continue," said Richmond.