Newport News bridge dedicated to Trooper Chad Dermyer

The sign on the newly minted Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer Memorial Bridge is seen on Aug.24, 2017, following a dedication ceremony. Credit: WAVY/Chris Omahen.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A bridge in Newport News has been dedicated to fallen state Trooper Chad Dermyer.

The Jefferson Avenue bridge over Interstate 64 is now named the Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer Memorial Bridge.

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.

Trooper Dermyer spent time in the Marines before joining the Newport News Police Department in 2003. He left Newport News in 2007 and returned to his home in Michigan. He joined Jackson police, his local department, where he served three years.

Dermyer lived in Gloucester and leaves behind his wife and two children.

During Thursday’s dedication ceremony at Newport News Police Headquarters, Michelle Dermyer said, “I will always feel a great sense of pride when I drive across the bridge and see Chad’s name… I was so proud to be Chad’s wife. He made me a better person, he believed in me and encouraged me and loved me unconditionally for 16 years.”

Dermyer’s father, John Dermyer, told WAVY.com “You can’t do anything for Chad at this point, but you can for the other officers and I would ask your listeners that every time they see a police officer, thank them for what they do.”


WATCH: Virginia State Police were live at the dedication ceremony. Click here to watch if you are on the WAVY News App.