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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Woods was always ready to serve

Friday, July 4, 2014

A few years ago, a thief tossed some stolen jewelry into the Pigg River, apparently trying to get rid of evidence. Some of the jewelry could be seen from the shore and law enforcement officers were trying to figure out the best way to retrieve it.

This was right behind the Pigg River Dam, and part of a tree had washed up behind the dam, right above where much of the jewelry could be seen.

Before anyone did anything, an officer pulled up, walked down to the river, and immediately shimmied out on the tree to where he could hang down precariously, but close enough to start fishing out the jewelry. And that's exactly what he did.

That officer was Capt. Marvin Woods, who recently retired and has received many well-deserved accolades for his work, which includes being a deputy sheriff, a member of the SWAT team, a sharpshooter, a member of the dive and swift water rescue teams, and the county's animal control captain.

Capt. Woods is the epitome of a police officer. He has always been ready at any time to be on the job; he has gone above and beyond the call of duty countless times, and he has carried out his duties with pride, honesty, professionalism and compassion. Not only that, he has a keen sense of community involvement and is a lifetime member of the Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department and serves on the Ferrum Volunteer Rescue Squad.

We are always torn when someone like Capt. Woods retires. We don't want to see him leave, but we also know his retirement is very well deserved.

Fortunately, he is staying in Franklin County and will continue as a firearms instructor at the police training academy. He will pass on some of his extensive expertise to those who want to serve. We hope that, in the process of teaching, his students will also appreciate and incorporate some of his personal qualities, including dedication and loyalty.

We wish Capt. Woods well and we are sure all of the law enforcement community will miss him very much.

 
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