CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State police renamed their Aviation Base hangar at Chesterfield County Airport in honor of Lt. H. Jay Cullen III.
A ceremony was held Wednesday to honor and remember Lt. Cullen, who died last August in a helicopter crash in Albemarle County while responding to the unrest in Charlottesville. Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates was also killed during the crash.
Cullen was the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit commander. He had been with the unit since 1999 and serving out of the Chesterfield Aviation Base since 2005 after being promoted to sergeant.
Karen Cullen, Jay’s wife, was thankful for the dedication to her late husband.
“The Lt. H. Jay Cullen hangar will serve as a constant reminder for your passion for flying. Your dedication to being and outstanding pilot and your love for the State Police,” says Karen. “Jay was at his best when he as helping others. He was a kind, compassionate, loving and devoted man both to his family and his workplace.”
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was also in attendance, making sure he made the ceremony after returning to Virginia from Florida.
“I wanted to be here today to remember Jay and be here with the family,” says McAuliffe. “The fond memories both Dorothy and I had with Jay Cullen, and his spirit for the McAuliffe family, will live on and on in Virginia.”
Kirk Nawrotzky attended Wednesday’s ceremony. Watch his report above for complete coverage.