RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police and their families will gather Wednesday to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
During the 2017 Virginia State Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service, special recognition will be given to Trooper Chad P. Dermyer.
Dermyer, 37, died in the line of duty after a man shot him at a Richmond Greyhound bus station during a police training exercise in March 2016.
Wednesday’s service will include the unveiling and dedication of Trooper Dermyer’s portrait. Following the ceremony, the portrait will be hung in the Colonel C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery located within the Virginia State Police Academy. The gallery already holds portraits of the 61 men and women who died while serving Virginians.
The service will recognize all of those who have died in the line of duty, to include a special tribute to the following eight troopers in which 2017 marks a significant milestone:
|Milestone||Name||Year and location of death|
|Five years||Trooper Andrew D. Fox||2012 | Hanover County|
|10 years||Motorist Assistance Aide Horace A. Jarratt||2007 | Interstate 95|
|15 years||Trooper C. Mark Cosslett||2002 | Fairfax County|
|20 years||Sergeant (Ret.) Norman W. Hampton||1997 | Pawley’s Island, S.C.|
|30 years||Trooper Harry L. Henderson||1987 | Warren County|
|30 years||Trooper Alexander M. Cochran III||1987 | Fairfax County|
|55 years||Trooper Charles E. Morris||1962 | Patrick County|
|75 years||Trooper William S. Tinsley||1942 | Roanoke|
Each tribute includes a single bell toll and an Honor Guard salute.