West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 State Helicopter Used to Rescue Child in Greenbrier County

4/17/2009

Lewisburg, WV - The State Aviation Division of WV Department of Administration announced today the rescue of an 11-year-old autistic male child who was reported missing in the woods near his home in Greenbrier County.

The State Police Section of the Aviation Division received a request Thursday, April 9, 2009, from the West Virginia State Police in Greenbrier County to assist in the search for the missing child.  A normal grid search of the area was made, according to aviation officials.  Upon a second segment of the search, the boy, who was wearing three dimensional military camouflage commonly known as Army Combat Uniform, was spotted walking along an old logging road near a fast moving river.

Sgt. Shawn Coleman, a helicopter pilot from the State Police Section of the Aviation Division, and Cpl. Chris Zerkle of the State Police flew the state Bell 407 Helicopter and located the missing child.  They coordinated with the State Police officers on the ground unit to direct them to the child.  Due to the fast river and swamp conditions, it took approximately one hour for the rescue team to acquire the child.  The child was transported to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia.  According to Sgt. Coleman, the temperature the night before the search was 24 degrees Fahrenheit.  Due to the remote area, the rugged terrain, and the child's camouflage clothing, the helicopter usage was essential in the search, location and rescue of the child.

The State of West Virginia is one of the 48 states that own and operate state aircraft.  Its purpose is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of state government by providing safe, secure, reliable and professional air transportation using both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and assist with police calls throughout the state to include law enforcement agencies at the state, county and local levels. 

Contact Information

Diane Holley
304-558-0661