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UPDATE: Community Pauses to Remember Kanawha Deputy

By: Brooks Jarosz, Grover Tadlock Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Grover Tadlock Email

UPDATE 9/4/12 @ 9:10 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The streets of Logan were blocked by police, family and friends on Tuesday as they said goodbye to Kanawha County Deputy Greg Eplin.

"Just by the turnout here today, you can see that he was well respected and well liked by everybody that came in contact with him," Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said.

Eplin passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, after a year-long battle with colon cancer.

"We're honored to have known him and worked with him, and we're extremely saddened of his passing," Rutherford said.

Judge Irene Berger talked about her former bailiff at the funeral, often speaking of Eplin’s love for his family, his co-workers and his passion for law enforcement.

He was only 46-years old, but the legacy he leaves behind won’t soon be forgotten.

"Greg taught us valuable lessons and set a great example for us," Berger said. "He taught us to always treat people with kindness and respect no matter who they were, to cherish the people we love and tell them how we feel about them and to be thankful for all we have, and to face adversity positively with great strength and great dignity."

In lieu of flowers, Eplin’s family has asked for donations to be made to CAMC’s David Lee Cancer Center.



UPDATE 9/4/12 @ 1:45 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The streets of downtown Logan were blocked off Tuesday as police, emergency workers, family and friends gathered for the funeral of Kanawha County Deputy Gregory "Greg" Eplin.

Eplin died Friday, Aug. 31 after a year long battle with cancer.

Judge Irene Berger spoke at the service sharing stories about her bailiff and dear friend. She also talked about how much he meant to her and others in the county.

Corporal Eplin was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, indicating the cancer had spread beyond the colon in June 2011.

Sheriff's Deputies pulled together on several occasions to raise money for Eplin. They held hot dog fund raisers and a radio benefit. Deputies raised thousands of dollars to go toward Eplin's treatment.



UPDATE 9/3/12 @ 11:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Funeral services have been set for a Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy who lost his battle with cancer.

Corporal Greg Eplin passed away Friday after a year-long batter with colon cancer.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan, with the Rev. Layton Lockhart and Judge Irene Berger officiating.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home.

Corporal Eplin was 46 years old.



UPDATE: 9/1/12 @ 4:10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A community is grieving the loss of a Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy who lost his battle with cancer.

Corporal Greg Eplin was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, indicating the cancer had spread beyond the colon in June 2011. He passed away after more than a year-long battle.

"Greg was a fighter he gave it everything he had and never gave up," Chief Deputy John Rutherford said. "He loved his wife Angie, his family and his KCSO family so much."

Sheriff's Deputies pulled together on several occasions to raise money for Eplin. They held hot dog fund raisers and a radio benefit. Deputies raised thousands of dollars to go toward Eplin's treatment.

"Greg was a great father, friend, police officer and just the best person ever," Rutherford said. "For those that knew him never forget that smile because that was Greg he always had it with him no matter what."

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UPDATE 6/10/11 @ 9:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies respond to all types of emergencies everyday, but this time a deputy is facing an emergency of his own.

Cpl. Greg Eplin was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, indicating the cancer has spread beyond the colon. Before last week, deputies say Eplin believed he merely had a hernia or something else far less significant than cancer.

Deputies pulled together Friday afternoon for a radio benefit at WCHS-AM.

A caravan of supporters, many of whom probably hadn’t met the man they were helping, drove along Virginia Street East in Charleston, handing donations to deputies who lined the sidewalks.

Chief Deputy John Rutherford says once word spread about Eplin’s condition, donations began to pour in. He says about $6,000 was donated before Friday’s event.

With that money, Eplin and some family members hopped on a flight to Texas to see a specialist.

"We're doing this, just hoping that we can alleviate some of his problems and worries," Detective Scott Deitz says.

Detective Dave Duff adds, "He can sit down and talk to anybody and help anybody out with their problems. So, that's what we're trying to do here."

Deputies talked a lot about Eplin’s personality and how he’s impacted them in the time they’ve worked together.

"I almost cried,” says home confinement unit chief Harry Carpenter about hearing of Eplin’s diagnosis. “Terrible things happen to good people, and that just epitomizes it."

After spending about three hours at WCHS, deputies counted an additional $8,000 raised Friday.

"I have chill bumps, to be honest with you," Rutherford says.

There's no magic number the deputies are trying to hit when it comes to fund raising. They just hope they can return the favor to a friend in a serious time of need.

Deputies also will have a variety of other fund-raising events during the next several weeks.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Association are selling hotdogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays along Goshorn Street in the sheriff’s office garage.

They are also raffling tickets for a golf package at the Greenbrier Resort. Tickets can be purchased at the W. Kent Carper Building at 301 Virginia St. E. in Charleston.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/10/11 @ 4:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A sheriff's deputy who's been there for neighbors in Kanawha County is now getting a helping hand as he faces a big challenge.

Cpl. Greg Eplin was recently diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. With the cost of treatment sure to take a toll on his family, the law enforcement community is pulling together to help them out

West Virginia Radio Corporation is holding a radio-thon Friday afternoon for Eplin.

Members of the sheriff’s department are accepting donations until 6 p.m. If you'd like to donate, just stop by the radio station’s office in Charleston at 111 Virginia Street East.

Additionally, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Association are selling hotdogs on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Goshorn Street in the sheriff’s office garage. They are also raffling tickets for a golf package at the Greenbriar Resort. Tickets can be purchased at the W. Kent Carper Building on 301 Virginia Street East in Charleston.


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