The Times West Virginian

December 8, 2012

‘Live history right in front of us’: VIDEO

Paul Leeper, who made Watergate arrests, tells story to NMHS students

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

RACHEL — When people think of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, many different images come mind.

One image may be the five Watergate burglars who broke into the Democratic Party’s National Committee offices on June 17, 1972.

But what about the three police officers who arrested those burglars? What was their experience like while they made history?

On Friday, students at North Marion High School got to talk with Sgt. Paul Leeper, one of the Washington Police officers and Marion County native who was called to action on that night.

Sarah Tilko a senior at NMHS, was one of the students who got to sit down with Leeper and listen to him tell his experience of a historic arrest.

“We did a couple weeks of research on Paul Leeper,” she said. “Actually, getting to meet him was the coolest thing ever because it’s live history right in front of us.”

 

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