HOMETOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person's community pride can go a long way. Hometown in Putnam County was being taken over by crime, until one man stepped up and took action.
“We've had lots of people come up to us and say that they've noticed a tremendous difference in the town,” Becky Donahue, a Hometown resident said.
It all started with one man's vision. Glenn Boggess says crime was changing the face of his community.
“I've seen kids being into drugs and stuff like this. I just made up my mind there had to be something done,” Boggess said.
He started patrolling the streets and keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.
“I caught a couple of boys just a week or so ago, 1:30 in the morning, trying to break into a building. I got that stopped,” Boggess said.
He called police and followed the boys until officers arrived, and that's just one example.
In March, Boggess started a neighborhood watch group that has grown to about two dozen members.
At all times, someone is out and ready to catch criminals red-handed.
“Glenn is most likely is the one who's out from midnight 'til the wee hours of the morning,” Donahue said.
“For the countless hours that you spend on the neighborhood watch trying to organize everything, working close with the state police and the county police; you are this week's hometown hero,” Donahue said to Boggess while presenting him with a certificate.