HAMPTON, Va (WAVY) — Family, friends and officers gathered at Liberty Baptist Church Monday to remember and pay respects to Trooper Chad Dermyer, who was killed in the line of duty last week.
Dermyer’s patrol car sat outside of the church covered in flowers and condolences. An American flag flew high on two Hampton Fire-Rescue Ladder Trucks.
Officers carried his body to the church so the community can honor the fallen trooper once more.
“I just give all my blessings to his family. I know his children will have a tough time growing up without their dad. It’s hard to think about,” said Eugene Motley, a former Hampton Police officer who knew Dermyer through years of police work.
The 37-year-old died at the hospital on Thursday after James Brown III shot him inside the Greyhound bus station in Richmond. Authorities say Brown had more than 140 rounds of ammunition with him.
“It could be any one of us at any day,” said Alabama State Trooper Jason Fox, who drove hours to be in attendance for Dermyer’s funeral.
“I want to make sure that the Virginia State Police knows that they’re supported by the State of Alabama, and the family of the fallen trooper knows that no matter where they go in the United States, that they’re now part of the law enforcement family,” Fox answered when asked why he made the long drive.
State police officials have said that troopers from 15 states have arrived for the funeral, and more are expected.
Dermyer’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., followed by a private burial in Gloucester.
Since Dermyer’s death last week, many grateful for his service to the community have offered their condolences and paid tribute to him. The law enforcement community and the people of Gloucester joined together for a vigil Sunday afternoon to mourn the loss of the slain trooper. On Friday night, many gathered at VCU’s Siegel Center in Richmond for a prayer vigil for the slain trooper.
In Dermyer’s memory, the Virginia State Police Association is taking donations for his family.
Checks should be addressed to “VSPA Emergency Relief Fund” and Trooper Dermyer named should be addressed in the memo line.
Donations can be mailed to/dropped off at:
Virginia State Police Association
6944 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23225
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an Executive Order for the flying of the State flag at half-staff. The flag is to be lowered at sunrise on Tuesday and remain at half-staff until sunset.