911 director’s son receives trooper honor

SOUTH CHARLESTON – Senior Trooper Brad Lowe, son of Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe, and a Williamstown native, was one of the recipients of the Superintendent’s Award, the state police’s highest honor. The award was bestowed during a recent ceremony conducted by the state police.

Lowe is assigned to the Logan detachment.

In 2012, Lowe completed 177 criminal investigations, made 86 felony arrests, 225 misdemeanor arrests and confiscated $994,000 worth of illegal drugs.

“While these accomplishments speak well of Senior Trooper Lowe as a trooper, he has managed to balance this while being a member of the Special Response Team and a field training officer,” said Col. J.R. Smithers, superintendent. “Senior Trooper Lowe was involved in several felony investigations in 2012 ranging from burglaries to murder. Some notable investigations include a car-jacking (kidnapping) incident involving two juveniles and an adult which resulted in Charles Skidmore being arrested for kidnapping.”

“Senior Trooper Lowe has been involved in several successful drug investigations which resulted in the seizure of a variety of drugs to include 26 grams of crack cocaine, 40 packages of bath salts, prescription pills and marijuana plants. These drug investigations yielded several felony arrests and also included charges for endangering children,” Smithers said.

“On one occasion, after responding to a ‘shots fired’ complaint, Senior Trooper Lowe discovered the incident was a domestic situation in which the suspect had pointed a rifle at his wife and children and threatened to kill them. Additionally, it was discovered that the suspect had shot a horse through the eye, resulting in the horse later being euthanized. Ultimately, the suspect was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment, malicious wounding of an animal, domestic assault and domestic battery,” Smithers said.

“On another occasion, Senior Trooper Lowe responded to Logan Regional Medical Center in which a male subject had broken into the Emergency Room and was threatening employees with a knife. The suspect made numerous threats to harm patients as well as hospital staff. Once on scene, Senior Trooper Lowe guided the rescue efforts of patients and employees and the suspect was ultimately subdued,” Smithers said.

“Lastly, Senior Trooper Lowe became involved in an incident involving Caren Blankenship’s death. Blankenship had been taken to the hospital for a severe head injury on November 10, 2012. The incident had been reported to Chapmanville Police Department as an incident due to intoxication. Senior Trooper Lowe received information to prove that Blankenship’s injuries were the result of a domestic altercation with Gary Allen. Blankenship died in the hospital as a result of her injuries and Allen was arrested for first degree murder,” Smither said.

Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe, who is a retired police officer, said, as a parent, he had mixed feelings when his son wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“The concerns are obviously the risk of getting hurt or loss of life are higher than most careers. Then there is the reward of knowing that you are directly helping society stay safe, a comfort that society expects as well as they should. I am extremely proud of my son. Not only am I flattered by his wanting to follow in my footsteps but to his credit he has a real desire to exemplify excellence. Excellence is not achieved by one event, it is what you strive for in every event,” Lowe said.

“Brad lives in Logan when he is working but comes home to Williamstown just about every week on his days off. I have been told numerous times by local law enforcement that when he comes home he never hesitates to back them up on calls and even makes DUI arrests. Out of over approximately 600 West Virginia State troopers, my son Brad Lowe received the highest honor given by the West Virginia State Police,” Lowe said.