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Community Mourns Loss Of Officer, Father
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Aug. 29, 2012 7:28 PM EDT
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
The tragedy that unfolded in Clay County Tuesday night is being felt throughout the state -- but no place more than the small town of Clay and the surrounding areas of the county. Throughout Clay, black ribbons adorn several buildings.
"This county is just turned upside down, turned upside down," Pastor Wayne Litton says. Litton was pastor to fallen officer, Cpl. Marshall Bailey.
"I've been Marshall Bailey's pastor for the past two or three years and I've seen him come to the Lord and of course he'd bring his children to church, and its a tough job to be in," Pastor Litton says.
But it's a job that Cpl. Bailey had done day in and day out for 17 years. Through that time, Bailey endeared himself to so many in the community who remember him for his kindness and as a father of three, including two very young children.
"He loved them kids dearly," Nancy Murphy says. She is the children's Sunday School teacher. She also runs a local flower shop and first thing Wednesday morning she started putting together the black bows. She says its a way for her and the town to cope.
"It's just a sign that we're all grieving," Murphy says.
And others are doing what they can. The Clay Senior Center made lunch for all of the officers who responded Tuesday night and those who remain in Clay from other counties to help out the sheriff's office. The county's four deputies were involved in Tuesday's tragedy so officers from various counties, like Kanawha and Cabell, were in Clay to answer their calls while they met with grief counselors and were debriefed.
"Its just a token of our appreciation and gratitude for what they do," Jessica Roat with the Clay Senior Center says. "A lot of times we forget what they do, there is the risk and chance every day that they are going to be in a situation like that."
And Cpl. Bailey paid the ultimate price.
"He'll be sadly missed, not just in our church and our community, but his family, a lot of people hurting," Pastor Litton says.
We're also told, Cpl. Bailey leaves behind young grandchildren.
The critically injured trooper, Eric Workman, is also well-loved and well-known in Clay. His mom is the County Clerk.
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