RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police and their families gathered Wednesday to honor those public safety professionals who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Special recognition was given to Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, who lost his life at the Richmond Greyhound bus station shooting back in March of 2016.
A poignant part of the service was the unveiling and dedication of Trooper Dermyer’s portrait before his family and fellow troopers. Following the ceremony, Trooper Dermyer’s portrait was hung in the Colonel C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery located within the Virginia State Police Academy.
“When I think about the life, the dedicated service, and the courage of Trooper Chad Dermyer, I can’t help but to think of honor,” said former Secretary of Public Safety, John Marshall, during his keynote speech.
Trooper Dermyer was shot and killed when he approached a man during a training exercise at the Richmond City bus terminal on March 31, 2016.
During a video tribute, his fellow troopers remembered a fun and dedicated man.
“Chad was just a great person to work with,” one of his colleagues said. “So, any time you’d see 756 on the schedule, you knew it was going to be a good shift.”
A portrait of Trooper Dermyer was unveiled during the ceremony and presented to his family.
Trooper Dermyer’s father, John Dermyer, now hopes to see an end to violence against law enforcement officers.
“My wife says, ‘you know, you’ll never be able to stop this all together, you’ll never put an end to it.’ And, she’s probably right; I’ll never put an end to it. But, if there’s one way or a way that I could save one trooper, one police officer, I’ve done my part, I feel,” he said.
Trooper Dermyer’s portrait will hang alongside the portraits of the other fallen troopers n the Colonel C.W. Woodson Junior Memorial Gallery at the Virginia State Police Academy.
The service recognized all of the Department’s law enforcement professionals who have died in the line of duty.
It also included a special tribute to the following eight troopers in which 2017 marks a significant milestone:
5 Years: Trooper Andrew D. Fox (2012 – Hanover Co.)
10 Years: Motorist Assistance Aide Horace A. Jarratt (2007 – Interstate 95)
15 Years: Trooper C. Mark Cosslett (2002 – Fairfax Co.)
20 Years: Sergeant (Ret.) Norman W. Hampton (1997 – Pawley’s Island, SC)
30 Years: Trooper Harry L. Henderson (1987 – Warren Co.)
30 Years: Trooper Alexander M. Cochran, III (1987 – Fairfax Co.)
55 Years: Trooper Charles E. Morris (1962 – Patrick Co.)
75 Years: Trooper William S. Tinsley (1942 – Roanoke, VA)
Each tribute includes a single bell toll and an Honor Guard salute.