Police stop traffic to salute fallen former trooper

Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police stopped traffic along Interstate 64, near the Interstate 264 interchange, to salute the funeral procession for a fallen local trooper Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The funeral was for Trooper Joseph John “J.J.” DellaVecchio, Jr., who passed away on Oct. 21. DellaVecchio, 62, was a retired Virginia State Police Sergeant who was working for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office as a background investigations supervisor. He also served with the Hampton Police Division and the U.S. Air Force.

A photo shared on Facebook from Chesapeake resident Julie Armstrong has garnered a lot of views and interest.

According to Armstrong’s post, State Police slowly stopped all traffic along I-64 after the I-264 ramp. Three officers then got out of their cars and stood at attention to salute DellaVecchio. Traffic was then slowly returned to normal once the funeral procession had traveled a few miles down the interstate.

The funeral was held at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk on Oct. 27. DellaVecchio is survived by wife, Susan Anne (Davis) DellaVecchio; son, John DellaVecchio and his wife, Sarah.

Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office
Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office

If you would like to donate to J.J.’s family to help with funeral expenses, go to vspa.org, click on “Initiatives”, then “Emergency Relief Fund”, then “Donate” and include J.J.’s name in the PayPal memo. Donations may also be sent to:

Virginia State Police Association
6944 Forest Hill Ave.
Richmond, VA 23225

Please be sure to include J.J.’s name in the check memo.

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