By Greg EdwardsBLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, who stepped into an international spotlight this week, grew up in the Blacksburg area and in the Tech police force.
Flinchum, a veteran police officer, has a reputation for fairness, cool composure
Flinchum, now in his mid-40s, joined the Tech force as a student in 1983 and quit school to become a full-time officer two years later.
His fellow law-enforcement professionals have good things to say about the quiet, low-key Flinchum, who this week is carrying the weight of two Monday shootings in which 32 people were killed.
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