GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Signs that read, “Rest in Peace Trooper Dermyer,” and “Prayers for the Dermyer Family,” are starting to pop up along Route 17 from York County to Gloucester, where Chad Dermyer lived with his wife and two children.
“I’ll never forget it, always smiled,” said Steve Millen, who helped the Dermyers build their new house.
Millen said he only knew Dermyer for six months. But, that was all it took for him to learned what kind of guy he was.
“You’d see him out there cutting the grass and walking the dogs and stuff, real nice guy,” said Millen.
Millen said he could not believe the news that Dermyer was the state trooper shot and killed in Richmond on Thursday. The 37-year-old was a veteran and had served in the Marine Corps. Millen recalled a conversation he once had with Dermyer’s wife, she said she was relieved when he left the military for law enforcement.
“Come home and then get killed,” Millen said “It just don’t make sense.”
In York County, Eastern Floor Covering owner Steve Ward changed the digital sign outside his business as a tribute to Dermyer.
“The state trooper is up here trying to defend us, and he’s gunned down for no reason,” said Ward.
Ward, whose own son served as a state trooper for eight years, was troubled by Dermyer’s death. He said his digital sign, which reads “R.I.P. Trooper Dermyer”, is his way of supporting the family and also the law enforcement community.
“It’s just my little way of expressing my sorrow,” said Ward. “And it’s the only way I know to get out in front of people, that we’re thinking of you. And God bless you, and rest in peace.”
The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office said there will be a vigil for Dermyer, at the request of his family, on Sunday evening.
According to the sheriff’s office Facebook account, the vigil will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Gloucester High School parking lot.