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January 13, 2016

Faces of Fauquier: Deputy logs 4 decades on patrol

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Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Wines started as a patrol deputy in 1975, after a year as a dispatcher.
If I can walk out of this office knowing that I have helped and taught these (patrol) guys just a little bit to help save their lives or do their job just a little bit better, I’ll feel good about myself.
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His career in Fauquier law enforcement spans five sheriffs and countless changes.

With a stern yet inviting demeanor, Sgt. 1st Class Eddie Wines has served the community for 41 years as a Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy.

Sgt. Wines has watched the sheriff’s office, crime, technology, traffic, society and the Fauquier landscape change.

In 1975, when he started as a patrol deputy under Luther Cox, the sheriff’s office had no divisions or specialization.

“Back then, we did everything. We worked the courts, served papers, worked the jail and worked the road. We had to do it all,” Sgt. Wines said.

Working eight hour days, “we got one weekend off a month and one day off a week if were lucky,” he recalled. “There were only four deputies on a shift to cover the whole county.

“When I first started, Route 17 from Warrenton to Marshall was a two-lane highway.”

During his career, the sheriff’s office has grown from about two dozen employees to a full-time staff of 172.

“Every division in the sheriff’s office has grown, but to me we still don’t have enough people,” Sgt. Wines said. “There are a lot of miles in this county, and we have 100 percent more call volume than we have ever had.”

Lt. Andy Marshall describes his colleague as a caretaker of the county with “gruffness and compassion.”

“As far as the agency, he’s the glue that keeps it together,” Lt. Marshall said. “He’s seen all the changes with all the sheriff’s and all the policies.”

Sgt. Wines has worked under Sheriffs Cox, Ashby Olinger, Joe Higgs, Charlie Ray Fox Jr. and Bob Mosier, who took office Jan. 1.

He recalls working with Mr. Olinger and Mr. Mosier before they won elections as sheriff.

“You have generations of families who know him. He is one of the most caring and compassionate people I’ve met on the job,” Lt. Marshall said.

Four decades ago, Sgt. Wines never dreamt he would have a computer in his cruiser. He became the first deputy issued a portable radio.

Local crime has changed with the increase in Fauquier’s population, beginning in the mid-1980s, he said.

“We’ve always had burglaries . . . larceny. A couple murders. We didn’t have that many serious crimes back then. It kind of picked up when Ashby Olinger was sheriff.

“You didn’t have to lock your house, your cars back then. When it got to 2000 things changed a lot more.”

Larceny, burglary, shoplifting, drugs and a few violent offenses make up most crime in Fauquier today, he said.

And, society has changed.

“People used to help you. Anybody would stop and ask if you need help and help you (on the side of the road). Today, people they seem like they are in a hurry; everything has to be done fast. They don’t have time for anybody. They have tunnel vision. But, a lot of people out here still help you.”

These changes don’t distract Sgt. Wines from the goal of helping citizens and his colleagues.

“If I can walk out of this office knowing that I have helped and taught these (patrol) guys just a little bit to help save their lives or do their job just a little bit better, I’ll feel good about myself.”

Sgt. Wines has received numerous commendations, including a life saving award, Deputy of the Year and a 2013 Valor Award.

“He has agency-wide respect,” Lt. Marshall said. “In times of crisis, he is calming. He brings smiles to peoples faces in some pretty bad situations.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy, 1975 to present. As a sergeant, his duties include managing 36 patrol officers (of 39 total), paperwork, preparing court documents, patrolling and responding to emergencies. He worked as a dispatcher in 1974.

• Why do you do the job?
I always wanted to be a cop, always wanted to be a state trooper. But back then being a state trooper was real strict; I passed everything but the height. You had to be 5 foot, 9 inches back then. I was 5 foot, 8 inches. So I applied here. I just always wanted to be a police officer to help people back then. Do unto others, as you want them to do unto you and treat them the way you want to be treated.

• Family
Son, Jeremy, who lives in Front Royal; daughter, Candy; granddaughter, Kayla; brother, Early, who lives near Upperville, and sister, Barbara who lives in Purcellville.

• Education
Loudoun Valley High School, 1968.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
About 62 years — his whole life except four years when he lived outside Upperville during high school. Born in Delaplane.

• Why do you live here?
When I got hired as a deputy under Luther Cox, you had to live in the county.
Fauquier was a farm county. You can ride through this county now and there are not very many farms. I’ve always liked this county. It was big.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s grown up a lot more . . . as far as people, houses, businesses. Back when I started, Fauquier was a beautiful county. It was wide open. Now in certain areas, it has grown. To me, it seems like it has closed in from New Baltimore to Bealeton.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
If I could change it, I’d take it back to at least the ’90 s. I’m not saying I don’t like change, I do. It’s just everything is so fast these days. Change the landscape back to when there were beautiful farms, woods.

• What do you do for fun?
I use to play softball. I like to hunt. Watch NASCAR and go to races. Watch my granddaughter’s softball games.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I like the northern end of this county. It has rolling hills and valleys. A few years back there was a place off Beverly Mills Road, a house back there and an old man who owned 200 acres. He needed someone to take care of it and he gave me the right to hunt. You could go out on a big rock and at nighttime watch the moon reflect on the creek. I loved that place.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
More houses and growth. All grown up from here (Warrenton) to New Baltimore and Route 15. From Warrenton to Opal, over to Bealeton, growth a lot. Catlett will grow some. That will be the next place to grow. The northern end . . . will stay horse farms because there are a lot of horse people in the north. They’re not going to let it grow, because they’re not going to sell their land.

• Favorite TV show?
“Married with Children,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

• Favorite movie?
“Flicka” and “Fly Away Home.”

• Favorite book?
I don’t really have the patience or the time to read.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Charlotte and Nags Head in North Carolina

• Favorite food?
I like chicken, turkey, steak. I really don’t have a favorite.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
I was 25 years old when I started here. I’ll never forget one thing Luther Cox told me after I wrecked my fifth car. I hit five deer. He told me: “Slow down and look around, and you’ll see more and learn more.”

• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad, Scott Edward Wines. He worked seven days a week and only had about two days off per month. He worked on farms and with horses. He gave everything to his family. It was different growing up back then. You respected your parents. I learned a lot from him.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Buy a farm and a big green tractor. Put some in a bank account for my granddaughter to use to go to college, donate to charity. Help my son pay off his and my debts. And maybe donate some money to someone who is really trying hard to make it. Put the rest in the bank and use it when I need it.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

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• Lora Gookin trades career as civil engineer for that of bakery owner.

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• Civics a passion for Fauquier election poll worker Ben McCartney.

• Philip Mulford makes a career of the search for middle ground.

• “Midland to the bone,” says native Matthew Smith.

• Sherrie Carter’s creativity becomes her business.

• Starting her career, Liberty graduate Judy Heflin wants to be a great teacher.

• Social Services Director Jan Selbo has devoted her career to helping others.

• Jim Cirillo’s call to Casanova extended.

• Don’t tell Angela Deal, Ms. Wheelchair Fauquier, that she can’t do something.

• FHS graduate and business owner Cathy Dodson finds all she needs right here.

• Mike Harvey’s sweet work takes lots of sweat.

• Warrenton native Joan Williams still serving her community.

• Classic cars consume engineer Matt Innocenzi’s free time.

• Wood transformed in the hands of Edward Fox.

• Earl Arrington serves printing customers and his community.

• Michael Hughes wears music, threater and equestrian hats.

• Store in Goldvein part of Susan Leopold’s family legacy.

• County native Maggi MacQuilliam devoted to the great outdoors.

• Health care for the needy Rob Marino’s mission.

• Daphne Latimore focuses on human capital.

• Horses extend Louise Summers’ work as teacher.

• As volunteer coach, Jeff Budd develops young wrestlers.

• Fraces Allshouse’s jobs focus on preservation.

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

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• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

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• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

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• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

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• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

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• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

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• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

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• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

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• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

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• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

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• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

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• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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