High school soccer field named after fallen VSP Trooper Chad Dermyer

Trooper Chad Dermyer (Photo: Virginia State Police)

BROOKLYN, Mich. (WLNS) — He’s a mid-Michigan native who died serving as a police officer in Virginia.

And now a big honor is in the works for Chad Dermyer back here at home.

Sitting on the bleachers of the Columbia Central High School soccer field, Anne Barnett says she can feel the presence of her son, Chad Dermyer.

“In the breeze and in the trees,” Barnett said.

Dermyer graduated from Columbia Central High School in 1996.

He went on to become a US Marine, Jackson police officer, and then a Virginia State Trooper.

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Last year in Virginia, the 37-year-old married father of two was shot and killed while doing the job he loved.

Trooper Chad Dermyer (Photo: Virginia State Police)

“So many people say that his smile was his trademark. And last night as I was looking through pictures reminded me of that million dollar smile that he had,” Barnett said.

Dermyer played a big role in starting the school’s soccer program.

Last week, the Columbia School District Board of Education voted to name the soccer field the Chad P. Dermyer Memorial Field.

“I think he would have been humbled by it. To think that his hometown is memorializing him in this way,” Barnett said.

The school says this will be a great place for people to come and remember Dermyer.

But they also hope to use it as a learning opportunity for students.

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School officials say he’ll be an excellent role model.

“Just the values he lived his life by. And the character that he had and the way he lived his life is a great role model for our young students,” said Columbia School District Superintendent Pam Campbell.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty speaks during a memorial service in front of the coffin of Virginia State Police police office Chad P. Dermyer at the Liberty Baptist Church Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Hampton, Va. Dermyer was killed in the line of duty at the Richmond Greyhound bus station last week. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, POOL)

“Character and service is a key part of everybody’s life, and giving back to others. I think that reminder is the biggest thing, in my opinion,” said School Board President Bob Wahr.

For Dermyer’s family, the naming of the soccer field is a bright spot in a year of darkness.

“The more we can get chad’s name out there is exactly what we want to do. I think this helps heal,” Barnett said.

The field will officially be dedicated later this fall.

His family is raising money for a new score board that will bear the new name of the field.

If you’d like to donate contact the Columbia School District.