Former Colonial Heights sheriff dies at 77

Published: Apr. 12, 2016 at 2:48 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Longtime Colonial Heights Sheriff James Alton Pond died Sunday at age 77.

He began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the Colonial Heights Police Department and worked his way up through the ranks, serving as a patrolman and detective sergeant. Pond, a graduate of Petersburg High School, was the Colonial Heights sheriff from 1978 to 1996.

According to his obituary, he received several awards including being honored by the Colonial Heights Jaycees with the Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Young Man of the Year in January 1966.

In 1970, he received a Law and Order Medal given by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars -- an award that had previously been given to J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI.

His obituary also says he was a member of the Colonial Heights Kiwanis Club for several years, once serving as the group's president.

"His years on this earth are exemplified by his commitment, service and loyalty to his family, friends, community and country," his obituary said.

Pond is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jeanie C. Pond, a son and two granddaughters.

Pond's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church, 3355 Johnson Road in Petersburg.

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