Retired Buena Vista Chief of Police Lewis Edward Plogger has passed away on Wednesday October 3, 2018 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Chief Plogger suffered a heart attack on Friday September 14, 2018 and had been in the hospital since that date. He died peacefully with family at his side.
Chief Plogger a Buena Vista native and Parry McCluer High School graduate began his law enforcement career as a City of Buena Vista patrolman on July 10, 1970. Chief Plogger was assigned to Investigations in April of 1972, he was promoted to shift Lieutenant in January 1974, then to Assistant Chief of Police on June 1, 1985. He was being groomed for the Chief of Police position by Erskine Campbell. Assistant Chief Plogger was promoted to the title of Buena Vista Chief in 1990.
Chief Plogger led the Buena Vista Police Department for a total of 27 years. He retired from the city on August 31, 2007. Always being involved with the City, Chief Plogger was also a member of Buena Vista City Council for over 5 years. The City extends its sincere condolences to the family, and is very grateful for his long service to the citizens of Buena Vista.
During his retirement years he spent time working around the house and crafting. He loved woodworking and became an expert clock builder and carpenter.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Ellen (Byers); son Corporal Christopher Ryan, who currently works for Buena Vista Police Department as a canine handler; and grandson Eli, whom “Pops” loved deeply.
The Chief as he is known around town will be missed by the whole community. He knew everyone and everyone knew him.
Visitation will be Sunday October 7, 2018 from 3-5pm at The Stone Church of the Brethren 2162 Forest Ave. Buena Vista VA 24416. Funeral Monday October 8, 2018 at 11am, The Stone Church of the Brethren.