It is with sadness today that I hear about the tragic death of my friend, the Sheriff of Mingo County, Eugene Crum. I have known Eugene for many years, first as the Chief of Police in Delbarton and then, prior to his election as sheriff, as a magistrate for the past 12 years.
As a magistrate, he was instrumental and aggressive in setting up a drug task force with various local police departments which in most people's opinion, was doing a terrific job of cleaning up drugs in the county. Drugs are a terrible plague and scourge facing much of Southern West Virginia but at least here in Mingo County, Eugene was working very hard to eradicate this problem prior to becoming the sheriff and had stayed aggressive in his pursuit in stopping pill mills around the county.
This horrendous crime happened in broad daylight near the Mingo County Courthouse at a spot where the Sheriff would frequently eat his lunch and observe a pill mill which had recently been shut down. I am shocked and saddened at this tragic turn of events and am praying for the comfort of his wife and family he leaves behind.
Sheriff Crum was an outstanding Mingo Countian, husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be sorely missed by all he touched. To think he could be gunned down in broad daylight highlights the dangerous position our men and women in law enforcement place themselves in day after day.
I pray for him and his family to find some peace in this time of unspeakable loss and tragedy and offer whatever assistance I can avail of myself to them. Not only is this a great loss for Mingo County but also a great loss for all of West Virginia. God Bless Sheriff Eugene Crum.