Former BV Police Chief Lewis Plogger Dies


Retired Buena Vista Police Chief Lewis Plogger died Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, nearly three weeks after suffering a heart attack on Sept. 14.

Plogger served as police chief for 17 years, retiring in 2007. He was a Buena Vista police officer for 37 years. In retirement, he served more than five years on Buena Vista City Council.

A 1967 graduate of Parry McCluer High School, Plogger joined the Buena Vista police force in 1970. He was assigned to investigations in 1972, promoted to shift lieutenant in 1974, to assistant police chief in 1985 and to chief of police in 1990.

An excellent woodworker, he spent much time during his retirement years honing these skills and becoming an expert clock builder and carpenter.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Stone Church of the Brethren, 2162 Forest Ave., Buena Vista. The funeral will be Monday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., at The Stone Church of the Brethren.






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