City Hall Flag at Half Mast for Donald Pritt

The U.S. flag at Elkins City Hall is at half mast today in honor of Donald R. “Donnie” Pritt, 73, who died Saturday.

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.

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