Mr. Pritt devoted his life to public service here in Elkins, across the state of West Virginia, and–during his 42 years as a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard–overseas while deployed for Operation Desert Storm. Here in West Virginia, he participated in operations mounted in response to aircraft crashes, floods, and civil disturbances.
After retiring from uniformed service, he worked eight more years as a civilian National Guard employee. Many current and past National Guard members considered him a mentor and expressed great sadness to hear of his passing.
Mr. Pritt was also a familiar face at Elkins City Hall, where he served for many years on the Elkins Police Civil Service Commission, an unpaid position with responsibilities related to hiring, promotions, and policy development for the Elkins Police Department. In this capacity, he was integral to the hiring of numerous EPD officers, including nearly every officer serving currently.
The U.S. flag at Elkins City Hall is at half mast in honor of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, who died Monday at the age of 97.
General Yeager was born in Myra, West Virginia in 1923. In the course of an Air Force career that spanned from 1941 to 1975 and saw him rise through the ranks from private, he served with distinction as a fighter pilot during World War II and was the first pilot to break the sound barrier, in 1947.
The U.S. flag at Elkins City Hall will remain at half-mast until after the funeral service for Officer Cassie Johnson, the Charleston Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week. Her funeral has not yet been scheduled.
Officer Johnson was shot Tuesday afternoon while responding to a call concerning a parking complaint on Charleston’s West Side. She was taken off life support and pronounced dead on Thursday. The first female CPD officer to be sworn in by a female Charleston mayor, Johnson joined the force in January of 2019.
An online fundraiser for Officer Johnson’s family has been organized by the Charleston Citizen Police Academy Alumni Organization.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 269 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2020.