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Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program.

Henrico Police make arrest in West End shooting

UPDATE: SEPT. 19, 11:15 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested a 19-year-old North Carolina man in connection with a shooting yesterday in the Near West End.

Matthew O. Sykes of Grandy, N.C. was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by felon.

Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown.

Henrico fire station holds 9-11 remembrance


Henrico Fire Station No. 9 (Regency) held a remembrance ceremony yesterday in honor of the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Station officials were joined by representatives from the Commonwealth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

NSDAR Regent Katie Moffett presented Captain Billy Tucker of the station with a flag that had flown over the nation’s capital and a certificate to go along with it.

Finding peace of mind, just in time


Suzanne Throckmorton turned on the phones at 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:05 a.m., the first call came in. A suicidal man on the other end was pleading for help.

So began another day at the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) building.

The Glen Allen center is the county’s base of operations for connecting with and serving the mentally ill in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent. Here clinicians man phones 24 hours a day, devise plans for people in crisis situations and coordinate with police and hospitals to get patients the help they need.

Recent changes to the law, however, and a 10-percent case load increase have ramped up expectations placed on the clinicians at HAMHDS.

Police: No wrongdoing in case of suspicious man at RF&P Park

UPDATE: SEPT. 6, 2:08 P.M. – Henrico Police have concluded that there was no wrongdoing in the case of a suspicious man at RF&P Park who had reportedly approached several young girls one night earlier this week.

Police identified the individual and conducted "a significant number of interviews," they said, including interviewing the man in question.

"After reviewing all of the facts associated with this case, it has been unfounded," police said in a statement today.

State Police seek 2 female suspects in credit card theft

UPDATE: Sept. 5, 12:50 P.M. – Virginia State Police are investigating a credit card theft that occurred in Henrico County and are asking the public’s assistance to identify two females caught on surveillance using the victim’s credit card.

On Aug. 30, Trooper A.L. Ruffin received a report of cash and credit cards stolen from an elderly female and later used at several local retailers.

The victim, a Hanover County resident, reported she had stopped at a business in the 11000 block of Brook Road in Henrico when she was approached by a man and a woman.

Into the fire

Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water.

Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers.

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