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Barboursville police officer remembered at funeral

May. 07, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Law enforcement and community members gathered Tuesday to honor the life of Barboursville Police Sgt. James "Jimmy" Bellomy.

The 52-year-old died Friday, approximately one week after he suffered a heart attack. He served the village as a police officer for 30 years.

The Rev. John R. Sauvage of nearby Steele Memorial United Methodist Church remembered Bellomy's smile. He recalled an instance when Bellomy scattered some teenage skateboarders by suggesting the pastor have them mow grass.

"I called him Jimmy," Sauvage told Tuesday's crowd at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel. "He was easy to know. He was my friend. He would always give you a smile, and yet Jimmy was very professional at his work."

Sauvage also said he respected Bellomy's ability to balance the roles of being both a successful police officer and a loving husband.

Father Jim Sobus of Huntington's Our Lady Of Fatima Parish mentioned Bellomy's surviving wife, Jennifer Bellomy, urging those at the funeral to honor their friend by taking care of his wife.

Tuesday's funeral was attended by every police agency in Cabell County. Many participated in the procession that followed on U.S. 60 to White Chapel Memorial Gardens, also in Barboursville. A business along the route placed on its electronic sign, "God speed Sgt. Bellomy."

Those arriving at the cemetery drove underneath an American flag hoisted between two ladder trucks by volunteer firefighters from Barboursville and Green Valley.

The cemetery service included playing of taps by Rodney Pell, bagpipes by Roger Casey and a 21-gun salute by members of the Cabell County Sheriff's Office.

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.

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

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