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Barboursville police sergeant dies at 52

May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Sgt. James "Jimmy" Bellomy, an active 30-year member of the Barboursville Police Deparment, died Friday. He was 52.

Bellomy began working as an officer with the Barboursville Police Department in 1982, and graduated from the police academy in 1983. He also worked for Cabell County Home Confinement.

"He was one of the shift sergeants and shift supervisors," said Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey, who first met Bellomy while the two attended the police academy. "He was an integral part of our department."

Bellomy suffered a heart attack last week but appeared to be feeling better. Coffey recalled speaking with Bellomy at the barbershop on Thursday, where Bellomy mentioned how well he was feeling.

"Jimmy was a people person," Coffey said. "Everyone knew him."

Barboursville Mayor Paul Turman Sr. also described Bellomy as a people person, known to many around the community and as a role model for younger police officers in the area.

"We always use Jimmy as one of the people to set an example for the younger officers," Turman said. "He was well thought of, not only from a professional standpoint, but also as somebody for these young (recruits) to look up to."

Bellomy also helped with many activities in the Barboursville community and enjoyed working with schoolchildren.

"He had a pleasant disposition about him," Turman said. "Jimmy was easy to know and always had a smile on his face. I didn't know anybody who didn't like Jimmy Bellomy."

Although Bellomy also had problems with diabetes, Turman said Bellomy never let his health problems affect his work ethic, and he always made himself available to work.

"He was a good police officer, but he was a better person," Turman said. "He's the type of officer that we're proud of here in the village."

Bellomy is survived by his wife, Jennifer, two sisters and several other family members.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville. Burial will follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family at www.timeformemory.com/wallace.