Thursday was a somber day at the courthouse in Williamson. Some who worked with Sheriff Eugene Crum spent the day reflecting not just on his accomplishments but what they can do to honor his memory. Crum died Wednesday after being shot.
Many people visited a makeshift memorial at the site of the shooting. Nathan Lamere stopped by to hang up a flag. He said he never knew the sheriff personally but did know what his mission was.
"I support him 100 percent," Lamere said.
Some county employees wore red and yellow shirts Thursday that had been given out weeks ago by Crum, highlighting his zero tolerance stance on drugs.
"He was the only one that every has done anything about the drugs," said Geneva Jude. "He strictly enforced it. He had them running scared."
Larry Croaff is the Chief Bailiff at the Mingo County Courthouse. "I tell everyone I live in a town where we haven't had law enforcement for 30 years. We were finally starting to see the law enforcement we needed," Croaff said.
He said that Crum was the type of guy so dedicated to the cause that he would work the first and second shift.
"He tried so hard to fight the drug epidemic here"
Croaff had worked with Crum in various places for two decades. He said the best thing anyone can do to honor Crum is to finish what he started.
"I believe if everyone would standup like he did, I believe he can inspire change," Croaff said. "Just like that song says you have to stand for something, well Eugene Crum stood for something."
It is a legacy of hope that his friends say won't soon fade in a community what needs it so much.
"We needed someone to clean this place up and he was doing it," Jude said. "But not now."
"We are still in shock here in small town USA, still in shock," added Croaff.
Grief counselors are at the courthouse from several different agencies to help courthouse employees, first responders and the general public deal with this tragedy.