DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are often considered heroes in the eyes of many. But for the Dunbar and South Charleston Police Departments, a woman by the name of Deloris Shockley is their hero.
Deloris Shockley is no stranger to police in Dunbar or South Charleston. She’s not crying because she’s in trouble with the law, but because of the love she has for both of these departments.
"I'm just an everyday person just trying to do things to make people feel good," Shockley said.
She is a frequent visitor to both departments and has been for several years. She stops by both departments several times a week, checking on the people she considers family.
"If you had to look up just a genuinely, goodhearted person in the dictionary, you'd have her picture," Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington said.
"About a month ago, with the heat and everything, traffic lights were down and the guys were out there doing their best to direct traffic, she comes by and sees them all standing out there,” said Teresea Dent with the Dunbar Police Department. “She goes and gets them a bunch of waters and Gatorades."
If you take a look inside the Dunbar Police Department’s refrigerator, you’ll notice it’s packed. Everything inside was given to them by Shockley.
She also brings them pizza every Wednesday for lunch, not because she has to, but because she wants to.
"She's just the kind of individual that does everything she can do for her community and expects nothing in return,” Whittington said. “She is a truly dedicated, 100 percent volunteer. And everything she does is from her heart and her soul."
That’s why both departments got together to give Shockley the surprise of a lifetime -- honoring her as this week’s Hometown Hero.
"She's full of surprises,” Whittington said. “You never know what she's going to do or when she's going to do it. But you can absolutely, rest-assured that she's going to do something, and it's going to be something she wholeheartedly believes is for the betterment of her community and betterment of the employees."
"She just thinks she's supposed to do these kind of things but she does it out of the goodness of her heart,” Dent said. “And we love her for it."
"I'm just real pleased and honored that they think that much of me,” Shockley said. “I just can't describe. You got me this time! I just can't do it. I have no words at this time. It's just the way I am. I'm just trying to make a difference."
That difference hasn’t gone unnoticed.