Red Cross reports on a busy 2017

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) From floods to major fires, the area chapter of the American Red Cross has a busy 2017.

Executive Director Sharon Kesselring gave the Red Cross' annual report to the Wood County Commission Thursday.

The Northwest Chapter serves 17 West Virginia counties.

It provided services to members of the military and to veterans, installed free smoke alarms, and collected more than 7,000 pints of blood.

"We have an amazing record from last year," Kesselring said, "and all that, while we were doing hurricane response, and major flooding from the northern part of our state, in Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties."

Before the Thursday meeting, Robert Sims was given the oath as new Chief Law Enforcement Deputy for the Wood County Sheriff's office.

Sims will replace current Chief Deputy Bruce Riffle, who is retiring.