BHS Alum Shawn Adkins Among 22 Public Servants Recognized by United States Attorney Ihlenfeld

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on May 28, 2024 via

United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld honored 22 public servants and law enforcement officials today for their exceptional work.  The annual United States Attorney Awards were held today in Wheeling to recognize outstanding criminal investigations and community service work in the Northern District of West Virginia. Through their service and dedication, the recipients have made a transformational impact in the communities they serve.  
Bridgeport High School graduate Shawn Adkins was among those recognized. The former Assistant U.S. Attorney, appointed in 2015, now working in the private sector, was one of four recognized for "Outstanding Drug Investigation."
Adkins, living in Pennsylvania, previously served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Harrison County, West Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and earned his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011.
Others with local ties are bolded under the individual awards listed below
Those recognized and honored were as follows:
Distinguished Law Enforcement Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Scott Smith, Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney, Wheeling, WV,
  • George Swartwood, Chief (retired), Martinsburg, Police Department, Martinsburg, WV,
  • Dean Olack, Sergeant (retired), West Virginia State Police, Martinsburg, WV,
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Clayton Amsler, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI, Clarksburg, WV,
U.S. Attorney’s Champion of Children Award
  • Wesley Frederick, Deputy U.S. Marshal, United States Marshals Service, Clarksburg, WV,
Outstanding Community Volunteer
  • Jody Miller, Wheeling WV,
Outstanding Investigative Effort
  • Ellen Duffy, Special Agent, FBI, Martinsburg, WV,
Outstanding Drug Investigations
  • Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, Wheeling WV,
  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Adkins, Canonsburg, PA,
  • Marshall County Drug Task Force, Moundsville, WV,
  • Jeffrey H. Cisar, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI, Martinsburg, WV
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Firearms Trafficking Investigations
  • Seth Cox, Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Martinsburg, WV,
Outstanding Identity Theft Investigation 
  • Dale Forrester, Assistant Inspector, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Washington, D.C.,
  • Salman Farooqui, Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA,
  • Victor Vanacore, Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Los Angeles, CA,
Outstanding Hate Crime Investigation 
  • Matthew Messich, Special Agent, FBI, Wheeling, WV,
  • Grant Polson, Special Agent, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,
  • Madisyn Moore, Special Agent, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,
  • Stephanie Sikinger, Intelligence Analyst, FBI, Pittsburgh, PA,
Outstanding Elder Fraud Investigation
  • Dontuwee Boykin, Supervisory Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, Bridgeport, WV,
  • J.W. Smith, Corporal (retired), West Virginia State Police, Clarksburg, WV,
  • Loretta Phillips, Des Moines, WA. 
Editor's Note: Photo shows Shawn Adkins, left, with William Ihlenfeld, during his appointment in 2015 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

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