In a prepared statement, Tomblin praised the efforts of the two troopers and the deputies who responded to the shooting in August. "Their purpose on this earth was to face the dangers and make the world safe for the rest of us," Tomblin wrote.
"They don't do it for the money, they don't do it because it's comfortable," he wrote. "They do it because they're called. We call men like that heroes."
Tomblin presented the troopers' families, the deputies and Massey with special certificates at Monday's ceremony. Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas, president of the West Virginia Sheriffs' Association, presented an award to Massey and presented Belt, Legg and Davis with Combat Crosses.
McComas said it was easy to run away from danger. Deputies like those who responded to the shootings of Bailey and Workman, "run in to trouble," he said.
McComas said Massey was the real first responder on the scene of the shooting, and praised the tow truck driver for his bravery.
Westfall, still wearing a cast from the shooting, was presented with the Purple Heart. The Roane County deputy said he will never forget seeing an armada of flashing blue lights coming for him after he was hit.
"You don't know what that's like, knowing everyone's coming to your aid," he said. "It's a good feeling knowing those guys are out there."
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