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Area police departments receive AAA's high honor

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 05:27 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Seven area police departments, including two in Putnam County, received AAA's highest honor for traffic safety at a ceremony Monday in Barboursville.

Those receiving AAA's platinum award were city police departments in Huntington, Barboursville, Ceredo, Hurricane and Point Pleasant, along with the West Virginia State Police detachment in Huntington and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in Winfield, W.Va.

AAA gives its platinum award to "commendable leaders" for their efforts to promote highway safety and enforcement activities.

Those departments were among hundreds nationwide that participated in AAA's Community Traffic Safety Program and among 103 state participants honored by AAA.

Gold level awards were presented to the Milton Police Department, along with the Cabell and Wayne County Sheriff's Offices.

Kenova received AAA's silver award, along with other city agencies in Hamlin, Mason and New Haven, W.Va.

J.J. Miller, safety adviser for AAA East Central, said the agencies went "above and beyond the call of duty by organizing projects to make their communities safer places for motorists and residents," according to a prepared release.

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