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Dinner held in support of local deputy’s family

By Staff | Feb 14, 2019

Linda Wright, left, helps serve those who joined in a fundraising effort for the family of Jefferson County Deputy G.W. Kilmer on Sunday. Toni Milbourne

MIDDLEWAY — A spaghetti dinner was hosted by one family to help another this past Sunday. Mike and Kaye Mood, of Middleway, organized a fundraising dinner to assist Jefferson County Deputy G.W. Kilmer and his wife, as the couple recently suffered the loss of their full-term, unborn child.

According to Mood, who is a member of the Middleway Fire Department where the dinner was held, his family wanted to do what they could to offer some financial assistance to the Kilmer family.

“I saw [on social media] what was posted, so I decided to do this on my own,” Mood said. “Kilmer has done so much for this community. It’s the least we could do to give something back.”

“Kilmer has done so much for the drug problem in our community,” Mood said, mentioning Kilmer’s efforts hold personal meaning for him, as one of the first foster children who lived in their home was lost to the opioid epidemic.

“It was on a night when there were multiple deaths,” Mood said. “And when you see someone doing as much as Kilmer has done, you can’t help but want to be there for him.”

According to Sheriff Pete Dougherty, Deputy Kilmer was named the 2016 Jefferson County Deputy of the Year.

“He is the top deputy of our department and number six in the entire state of West Virginia in arresting impaired drivers,” Dougherty said. “He made more than 100 arrests in the past year.”

Linda Wright, a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserves, helped serve at Sunday’s fundraising dinner.

“We do this because he’s family,” Wright said, before mentioning that Mood provided all of the food for the dinner itself and the Wizard Clip Garden Club members supplied desserts.

Mood added that 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner would go to the Kilmer family.

In addition, Dougherty said donations came from within his office, as well as from other families and groups in the community.

“Kilmer works tirelessly on behalf of our county,” Dougherty said. “He is a K-9 handler and a certified master trainer.”