Family, friends, and comrades of the late Brigadier General Timothy Barrick gathered Thursday afternoon to honor his outstanding service and achievements. Traffic was halted, allowing observers to gather on the bridge between state Route 18 and the entrance to the Sistersville Country Club, where the sign proclaiming the landmark the Brigadier General Timothy Barrick Bridge was unveiled.
"Brigadier General Timothy C. Barrick, soldier, gentleman, and proud West Virginian, was the great-great-great-grandson of a long line of a civic and country serving family," wrote Del. Roger Romine in part of his legislation for the dedication.
Del. Romine led the ceremony alongside Senator Larry Edgell, presenting Barrick's sister Melissa Flesher with a copy of the sign they unveiled. The American Legion Honor Guard honored their comrade with a 21 Gun Salute.
Delegate Roger Romine presents Melissa Flesher, sister of Brigadier General Timothy Barrick, with a copy of the sign dedicating the bridge to her brother’s memory. Senator Larry Edgell stands to her left.
A 1967 graduate of Sistersville High School and the highest ranking officer ever to graduate from there, Brig. Gen. Barrick's list of military achievements include being awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two awards) Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge. He was also presented the Alabama Distinguished Service Medal, which is the state's highest award.