Slain Virginia state trooper remembered as devoted family man

(Source: Virginia State Police via Facebook)

HAMPTON, VA (AP) –   A slain Virginia state trooper is being remembered as an exceptional officer and a devoted family man.

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton on Tuesday to celebrate the life of Trooper Chad P. Dermyer.

Cyndi Grace was Dermyer’s partner at the Newport News Police Department. She called him an “exceptional man” with a “megawatt” smile that illuminated every room he was in.

State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said Derymyer left a lasting impression on everyone who met him.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond on Thursday. He is survived by his wife and two children. Authorities say Brown was killed by two other state troopers after he opened fire.

A private burial in Gloucester County was organized to follow the funeral.Mourners will gather today to remember a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a Richmond Greyhound bus station.

VSP Trooper Dermyer receiving his graduation diploma from VSP Col. W. Steven Flaherty. (Virginia State Police)
VSP Trooper Dermyer receiving his graduation diploma from VSP Col. W. Steven Flaherty. (Virginia State Police)

Police haven’t said what they believe motivated the shooting.

The slain trooper is survived by his wife and two children. He was a former Marine who previously served on police forces in Jackson, Michigan, and Newport News, Virginia.

At a visitation on Monday, friends, family and fellow officers paid their final respects to Trooper Dermyer.

State police officials say troopers from more than 15 states attended the funeral service,

WRIC contributed to this report. 

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