Trooper Henry Murray Brooks, Jr.
End of Watch: June 10, 1956
Division VI - Pittsylvania County
Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the service and dedication of Trooper Henry Brooks, Jr. Trooper Brooks served and protected his fellow citizens as a Virginia State Trooper. Furthermore, he was a military veteran with service in War World II as a U.S. Marine and in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army.
Trooper Brooks was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from Lane High School in 1945. He joined the Virginia State Police on May 19, 1953, received training in Berryville, and was stationed in Gretna on September 27, 1953.
Tragically, on June 10, 1956, Trooper Brooks was struck and killed by an automobile while he was investigating a hit and run vehicle crash on U.S. 29, three miles south of Altavista, in Pittsylvania County. Another vehicle entered the accident scene and struck a parked vehicle before striking Trooper Brooks and 3 citizens. Trooper Brooks was transported to a hospital in Lynchburg where he succumbed to his injuries.
Trooper Henry Brooks is the 23rd Virginia State Police Trooper to make the Ultimate Sacrifice while performing his official duties. Trooper Brooks is a true Virginia Hero for the way he lived and served. His memory lives on into the present and his service stands as an inspiration for all that follows him.
Thank you Trooper Henry Brooks for your loyal service and dedication to serving and protecting your fellow man.
Rest in Peace Brother!