Dale Enochs recognized for making his 1,000th arrest
HUNTINGTON -- Dale Enochs stepped into rare territory last week when he made his 1,000th arrest as part of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Federal and local law enforcement honored their 41-year-old colleague at a Tuesday afternoon ceremony in Huntington. He received a plaque, a copy of the 1,000th warrant and T-shirts that jokingly dubbed his unit "Dale's Task Force."
Deputy U.S. Marshal John LaJeunesse, coordinator of the C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force, presented the T-shirt and afterwards referred to Enochs as the unit's engine.
"When we might be happy with the second arrest of the day, Dale is not happy until we find No. 3," he said. "It might be midnight. It might be 2 a.m., but he's wanting the next bad guy."
Enochs, assigned to the unit as a sergeant with the Cabell County Sheriff's Office, thanked his colleagues Tuesday and acknowledged the Lord's protecting hand.
"We don't pull up outside, honk the horn and these guys come and jump in the vehicle," he said. "That's not the way it works. There has to be, somewhere along the line, a little bit of a divine power that keeps us safe."
Enochs, of Ona, has been assigned to the task force for more than three years.
U.S. Marshal John Foster credited the milestone to both Enochs' tenacity and to Sheriff Tom McComas, who has remained loyal to the partnership and resisted any move to rotate the assignment.
"One thousand arrests is phenomenal," Foster said. "It is phenomenal by any standard."
The tally is exclusively those arrests that Enochs processed himself, LaJeunesse said. It does not include many others for which he has provided assistance.
To add further perspective, the C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force itself tallied more than 1,200 arrests last year. To achieve 1,000 arrests in the time Enochs' did would require approximately one arrest every day.
McComas also mentioned Enochs' resolve, but said the sergeant's character is an added factor in his success.
"I think he treats a lot of people the way that we would like to be treated," McComas said. "He has a reputation of being very forthright with the truth."
Last year, Enochs called the task force the most satisfying assignment of his law enforcement career. It provides him an opportunity to chase the elusive fugitive, while those investigating the crime can move on to their next case.
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