Law, fire officials plan swab-a-thon session

PARKERSBURG – Local police officers and firefighters are looking for the public to help the spouse of a local law enforcement officer.

Marietta Memorial Health System will be conducting a swab-a-thon at the Judge Black Annex in the Fort Boreman Room from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. This is an effort to help Angie Bussey, the wife of Wood County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Bussey.

Angie Bussey, the mother of two teenage boys, Ethan and Jacob, was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago and is awaiting a donor for bone marrow or blood stem cells at WVU Healthcare in Morgantown. The odds of a positive match are one in 20,000.

Wood County Sheriff’s Chief Law Enforcement Deputy Shawn Graham said he and his officers are hoping she finds a match.

Dave Bussey is a 1984 graduate of Parkersburg High School and serves as the president of the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. He was appointed at the beginning of the year when Graham resigned to take his position as chief law enforcement officer.

Bussey, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, previously served as treasurer and vice president of the association.

Graham said Bussey is well liked in the department and a great person to stand up for his peers. Their children have been involved in sports together, he said.

The deputies also coached Junior Deputy Baseball teams in the Worthington Little League. Graham’s son, Gage, played football with Ethan in the past and the two ran track together this year for PHS, Graham said.

“They are both active parents when it involves kids sports,” Graham said of his friends. “We are all praying for them to find a donor.”

The screening will consist of using a cotton swab to collect a saliva sample from the inside of the cheek. The taking of the sample is a painless and quick process.

“The screening is a very simple and painless procedure,” said Parkersburg Fire Chief Eric Taylor. “If you are able, we ask that you stop by and see if you are a compatible match.”

More information about leukemia and the screening process is available at

The event will be conducted by the Belpre Strecker Cancer Center.