At the Paintsville City Council’s November meeting, Paintsville Police Chief Mike Roe took a moment to introduce and award Officer Brian Runyon for his recent certification. 

“(He) completed seven months, over 900 hours of training, and from all the reports I got back from his coordinators, he did really, really well,” Roe said. 

Roe was not finished, however; he read for the audience a message the department received from a woman who encountered car trouble on the Mountain Parkway. Runyon, out of his jurisdiction and off duty, had stopped to assist the woman with her car.

“Without hesitation he stopped to assist immediately. The gentleman stayed with my family for nearly two-and-a-half hours,” the message said. “He went as far as getting my children and I drinks and located

the tow company to come and tow our vehicle in. He continued to wait until my family arrived to pick me and my children up.”

Roe presented Officer Runyon the meritorious award for going above and beyond on a day off.

“He showed what it means to be a police officer,” Roe said.

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