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July 13, 2014

Men who died serving community honored: PHOTOS

During Rivesville bridge dedications

RIVESVILLE — Members of the Rivesville community came together Saturday morning to honor two men who died in service to their community.

The bridge on Route 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Chief Denzil O. Lockard, and the bridge on Route 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Alex Angelino.

Former Rivesville police chief Lockard died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Rivesville firefighter Angelino died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.

“It was great to see everyone come together to support the families,” Rivesville Mayor Jim Hershman said.

Members of council; Delegates Mike Caputo, Tim Manchin and Linda Longstreth; and State Sen. Bob Beach were in attendance. Caputo, Manchin and Longstreth sponsored the bills calling for the bridge names.

The ceremony at the community building included the presentation of the legislative resolution and commemorative signs to the family members of Lockard and Angelino. A moment of silence was held, and Marion County Central Communications issued a final call and tribute to Angelino and Lockard. The moment of silence was lifted by a performance of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, played by Larry Koay.

After the ceremony, community members travelled on buses together, led by fire trucks and police cars, to visit the two bridges. Members of the families pulled off the black drapes, revealing the signs for the first time.

When the buses returned to the community building, attendees enjoyed a reception of lunch and cake, and conversation with their fellow community members.

Rose Angelino, widow of Alex Angelino, said she was honored by the level of participation by the Rivesville community.

“It was beautiful. I was really shocked and surprised. So many people came and participated in it and remembered him,” Rose said.

Rose said that the dedication brought back many memories of her marriage and life with Alex.

“He was a great guy,” Rose said. “We would just work together. We made the bed; he would pull one side of it; I’d pull the other. We’d do the dishes; one dries; one washes. … We were just a family that was pretty close.”

Deloris Thorn, daughter of Lockard, said she wanted to thank everyone who helped make the dedications possible.

“It was very, very heartwarming, and brought back a lot of memories,” Thorn said. “I just want to thank everyone for all they did. It was super.”

Caputo, who was born and raised in Rivesville, said that ceremonies like the bridge dedications Saturday are part of what makes living in a small town great.

“This is what small-town America is all about here,” Caputo said. “You have two fallen members of this community who died in the line of service, protecting the people that were their friends and their neighbors.”

Caputo said he hoped the dedications would help bring the families closure.

“People still think about what they sacrificed over the years,” Caputo said. “Mr. Lockard died in 1958, leaving behind a widow and a daughter, and Mr. Angelino died in 1966, leaving behind a widow and two children, and you know they didn’t get to see their grandkids, and they didn’t get to see their great-grandkids, so this is hopefully a sense of closure to the families, and a sense of honor that they will take home with them and know why they stayed in Rivesville, and why they have been a part of this community their entire lives.”

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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