Representatives from DynCorp International (DI), the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Hargrave Military Academy gathered on October 15, 2011 at the Hargrave Military Academy’s Parent’s Day Parade, in Chatham, Va., to honor Darrell L. Wetherbee, who was killed while serving as a police advisor for DynCorp International in Iraq in 2006.
Cadet Dakota Wetherbee, Darrell L. Wetherbee’s son, accepted the DI Chairman’s Valor award on his behalf. Cadet Wetherbee was joined by his mother, Sheila Wetherbee, sister Stephanie Mahone, brother Clay Mahone, grandmother Brenda Mahon and grandfather Eddie Mahon at the ceremony.
Darrell L. Wetherbee, 46, was killed on September 17, 2006 while on duty as a police advisor. Wetherbee, a former police officer from New Gloucester, Maine had been deployed in Iraq working for DynCorp International under the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) civilian police contract (CivPol). He had participated in two previous civilian police missions, serving with the International Police Mission in Kosovo from 1999 – 2000 and 2001 – 2003. Before his deployment to Iraq, Wetherbee was also employed by the Freeport, Maine, Police Department and the State of Maine Judicial Branch. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1978 to 1986.
David Dobrotka, DI VP CIVPOL Iraq Program Manager, presented the family with DI’s President’s Valor Award. In presenting the award, Dobrotka cited an excerpt from the poem, “For the Fallen,” by Laurence Binyon:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Dobrotka also stated that the U.S. Government brings law enforcement officers like Wetherbee to the battle field and post-conflict regions because they represent all that is good and righteous about democratic policing in the U.S.
The State Department’s Walter Redman, Chief Police Advisor, INL- Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnerships, noted that, “While we pay tribute to the memory of our fallen friend and colleague – Darrell Wetherbee, who lost his life in service to his country – we also honor the service of all US law enforcement officers who are currently in missions around the world and those who have served in the past. INL addresses the issue of transnational crime by assisting to strengthen governments and their criminal justice systems around the world to help keep us all safer at home.”
Stephanie Gaffney, DI Manager of Employee Assistance Programs presented red roses to Sheila Wetherbee and Brenda Mahon, saying “the red roses represent respect and courage, we honor his memory and we know he is with us in spirit.”
BG Don Broome, USA (Ret.), Hargrave president, stated, “The Parent’s Weekend parades feature an opportunity for families, especially the mothers, to pin academic stars on their son’s military blouse. To have the DI valor award posthumously presented to Cadet Wetherbee was fitting as it represents the highest calling of service. At Hargrave Military Academy, education is not limited to the classroom, but extends deeply into the areas of character development, leadership and spiritual growth.”
DynCorp International’s Chairman’s Valor Award is the highest honor DI can bestow upon an employee. It is presented to those who have exemplified bravery and heroism in the execution of their responsibilities in austere environments and in performing dangerous work. This medal reflects the core values of our company: we serve, we care, we empower, we perform, and we do the right thing.