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Trooper Lucas Bartley Dowell, Badge # 876
End of Watch: February 4, 2019.
In Division III - Cumberland County

 

The Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors Trooper Lucas Dowell’s life of service and his dedication to duty. Lucas was a native of Chilhowie, Virginia, and a graduate of Chilhowie High School. Lucas earned his bachelor’s degree from Radford University and on November 21, 2014, he graduated with the 122nd Basic Session of the Virginia State Police Academy. Trooper Dowell was assigned to Division III – Appomattox – Area 20 where he served the City of Lynchburg and the Counties of Amherst and Campbell. In 2016, Trooper Dowell became a member of the Division III Tactical Team.

 

On February 4, 2019, Trooper Lucas Dowell and the Division III Tactical Team were assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a residence north of Farmville, Virginia. As the Tactical Team entered the residence, a man inside began shooting at the troopers. Tragically, Trooper Dowell was hit by gunfire. He was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he succumbed to his injuries, becoming the 66th Virginia State Police Trooper to give the Ultimate Sacrifice serving and protecting the Citizens of Virginia.

 

Trooper Lucas Dowell, a four-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, gave his life in the preservation of law and order, and who, in so doing, lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind. Trooper Dowell is a true Virginia Hero. The Virginia State Police Family misses Trooper Lucas Dowell every day and his parents, Mike and Rebecca Dowell, sister, Erica Dowell, and grandfather, Thomas Bartley miss Lucas greatly every day.

 

Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police stated, “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.”

 

Trooper Lucas Dowell’s memory lives and his example of service and dedication to duty stands for all that currently serve and all that follow to model.

 

Thank you for your service Lucas.

 

Rest in peace brother.

 



 

Trooper William T. Flippen
End of Watch: February 7, 1945
While Serving in War World II

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the service and dedication of Trooper William T. Flippen.  Trooper Flippen served and protected his fellow citizens first as a Virginia State Trooper and then as a soldier during World War II.  On February 7, 1945, while serving in the military, Trooper Flippen gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and security when he was killed in action and who in so doing lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  He is a true Virginia Hero!

Thank you brother for your loyal and faithful service!

Rest in Peace.


Trooper Henry Noel Harmon
Division VI - Pittsylvania County
Injured by gun fire:  January 10, 1960
EOW / LODD:  February 7, 1995.

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the service and dedication of Trooper Henry Noel Harmon, who 60 years ago, was seriously and permanently injured by a drunk driver.  He had just arrested a man for drunk driving and was transporting him to the jail in Chatham.  As Trooper Harmon drove along Route 761, approximately one-half mile south of Long Island, the man in custody drew a concealed .22 caliber handgun and shot Trooper Harmon.

Trooper Harmon remained paralyzed from the neck down from the time of the shooting until his death on February 7, 1995.

Trooper Harmon gave the ultimate, serving and protecting the Citizens of Virginia and who in so doing lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  Trooper Harmon is a Virginia Hero for the way he lived and served the Citizens of Virginia.

Trooper Henry Noel Harmon’s life of service and dedication to duty stands as an example for all current and future troopers.

Thank you, Trooper Harmon for your loyal and faithful service to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rest in Peace.


Inspector Charles Bazil Bullock
EOW: February 15, 1934
Division VII - Fairfax County

 

The Virginia State Police Family is Remembering and Honoring Inspector Charles Bazil Bullock for his dedication to protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia.  Inspector Bullock became involved in a motor vehicle accident while patrolling Fairfax County on a motorcycle.  He succumbed to his injuries approximately one year after his accident.

 

Inspector Charles Bazil Bullock left his family and the Virginia State Police Family way too soon!  He was only 26 years old when he gave the Ultimate Sacrifice becoming the 5th Virginia State Police Trooper to die in the Line of Duty.  He died building the foundation of today's Virginia State Police.

 

Inspector Charles Bazil Bullock is a Virginia Hero!

 

Inspector Bullock, thank you for your service and example!  Your memory lives and your service and dedication to duty stands as an example for all present and future Troopers to aspire.

 

Rest in Peace.

 

Inspector Charles Bazil Bullock is remembered and honored every day and always by the following memorials:

 

Colonel C. W. Woodson, Jr. Memorial Gallery
Virginia State Police Academy
Trooper Charles Bazil Bullock
https://www.vsp.virginia.gov/memorial_gallery.shtm

 

Officer Down Memorial Page
Trooper Charles Bazil Bullock
https://www.odmp.org/o…/2472-inspector-charles-bazil-bullock



Trooper Kevin Carder Manion
Division II - Clarke County
End of Watch: February 18, 2006

 

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family is remembering and honoring Trooper Kevin C. Manion.  He was a native of Bath County, Virginia and a member of the Bath County High School Class of 1996.  Kevin was also a 1999 graduate of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and a 2001 graduate of Mary Washington College.

 

Trooper Manion joined the Virginia State Police in October of 2002 and was assigned to Prince William County upon graduation from the State Police Academy in May of 2003.  In July of 2005, he transferred to Area 13 - Winchester where he was assigned to Warren County.

 

Fourteen years ago today, Trooper Manion gave his life in the preservation of law and order, and who, in so doing, lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  Trooper Kevin Manion was assisting another Trooper investigating a single vehicle accident when he was accidentally shot and killed.  As the overturned vehicle was being moved, a rifle inside the pickup discharged and the round struck Trooper Manion.  This tragic incident occurred on Route 649, four miles north of Route 50, in Clarke County.

 

The rifle had been stolen earlier in the day during a residential burglary. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny of a firearm, and daytime breaking and entering.  He plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in December 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years.

 

Trooper Manion had served with the Virginia State Police for 2 years and 8 months.  He was survived by his maternal grandparents, his parents, 5 sisters and 5 brothers.

 

The Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors Trooper Kevin C. Manion for his loyal and dedicated service.  Trooper Manion lived and served the Citizens of Virginia in accordance to the Trooper's Pledge and is a true Virginia Hero.

Rest in peace brother.


Trooper Urshell Thomas Mayo
Division V - Hampton
End of Watch: February 19, 1941

 

The Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors the heroism and service of Trooper Urshell Thomas Mayo who made the ultimate sacrifice, seventy-nine years ago, while protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia.  Trooper Mayo succumbed to injuries he suffered in a patrol vehicle crash that occurred two days earlier in Hampton.  He was thirty years of age and served with Badge # 159.

 

Trooper Mayo's memory lives and he continues to inspire.  We thank Trooper Mayo for his dedication and service.

 

Rest in Peace.


Master Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines, Badge # 797
Division VI - Lexington
End of Watch: February 20, 1989

     The Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the life and service of Master Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines, who 31 years ago, gave his life in the preservation of law and order, and who in so doing lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  He served the Nation as a U. S. Army First Sergeant, the Citizens of Virginia as a Trooper and his fellow man as a person who cared and worked to make his state, his community and his workplace better and safer for everyone.  He also served the employees of the Virginia State Police as president of the Virginia State Police Association from 1978 to 1980.

     Tragically, on February 20, 1989, while protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia he was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-81, near the I-64 interchange in Rockbridge County by Dennis Eaton.  Eaton had already killed a neighbor and a male friend of his girlfriend’s, before shooting Trooper Hines and then fleeing the scene with his girlfriend.  The two were later spotted by police in Salem, and following a high speed chase during which Eaton crashed into several utility poles Eaton fatally shot his girlfriend, exchanged gunfire with the Salem police officers, wounded himself and was finally taken into custody.

     Trooper Hine's memory lives and he continues to inspire.  The Virginia State Police family thanks Trooper Hines for his example, dedication and service.

     Rest in Peace Jerry

 

In honor of Master Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines.

Bridges dedicated to fallen Virginia State Police Trooper and Virginia Guard First Sergeant

BY SGT. 1ST CLASS TERRA C. GATTI
– JULY 30, 2014 POSTED IN: 116TH IBCT, 1ST BATTALION, 116TH INFANTRY, ARMY GUARD

A Rockbridge County bridge on I-81 is dedicated July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va., in honor of Master Trooper Jerry Hines, a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, who also served as a first sergeant at the armory later named in his honor.  Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for the Virginia State Police officiated the ceremony and Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Virginia state Delegate Ben Cline, who both sponsored the legislation to name the bridge in Hines’ honor, spoke at the ceremony, along with retired Maj. J.T. “Jimmy” Poole, Hines’ commander at the time of his death. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Interstate 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek and Maury River in Rockbridge County were officially named in the honor of Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry Hines during a ceremony July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va. Hines, who also served as the first sergeant of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Lexington-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, and the armory in Lexington was named in his honor. Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored the legislation, Senate Bill No. 612 and House Bill No. 986, to officially designate the bridges in his name and were present for the dedication ceremony.

Hines was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-81, near the I-64 interchange in Rockbridge County by Dennis Eaton. Eaton killed a neighbor and a male friend of his girlfriend’s before shooting Hines and then fleeing the scene with his girlfriend. The two were later spotted by police in Salem, and following a high speed chase during which Eaton crashed into several utility poles Eaton fatally shot his girlfriend, exchanged gunfire with the Salem police officers, wounded himself and was finally taken into custody.

“It’s been 25 years since that tragic night in February that we lost Jerry,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for the Virginia State Police. “Jerry was a man that meant so very much to the Department of the State Police, to the National Guard and to this Rockbridge community.”

Along with Deeds and Cline, at the event was retired Maj. J.T. “Jimmy” Poole, Hines’ commander at the time of his death, and several members of Hines’ family, including the six grandchildren born after his death. Both his son and daughter spoke at the event.

“Dad was a man of character and hope. He was a man with pride, valor, and honor. He loved family and fellow man. He was full of wit and humor,” said Jonathan Hines, Jerry’s son. “If this dedication would have happened 25 years ago, it would have been a sad day, but today is a good day.”

Signs have already been erected on I-81, marking the bridge in Hines’ honor, and Hines’ family unveiled a picture of the sign during the dedication ceremony. Replicas of the sign were also presented to the family and the Virginia State Police.

The unit designation for infantry company in Lexington is now Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Photos: Bridge dedicated to fallen VSP trooper, Va. Guard 1SG

SENATE BILL NO. 612
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+SB612
Offered January 14, 2014
A BILL to designate the Interstate Route 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County the “Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridges.”
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Patron– Deeds
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Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. The Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County are hereby designated the “Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridges.” The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of these bridges. This designation shall not affect any other designation heretofore or hereafter applied to these bridges.

HOUSE BILL NO. 986
https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB986
Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled January 8, 2014
A BILL to designate the Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Maury River in Rockbridge County the “Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines Memorial Bridges.”
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Patrons– Cline and Austin
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Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. § 1. The Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Maury River in Rockbridge County are hereby designated the “Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines Memorial Bridges.” The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of these bridges. This designation shall not affect any other designation heretofore or hereafter applied to these bridges.


Trooper Jose Maria Cavazos
End of Watch: February 24, 1993
Division VII - Prince William County

 

     The Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors Trooper Jose M. Cavazos, who gave his life in the preservation of law and order, and who in so doing lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  Trooper Cavazos served his Country as a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army, as an Inspector with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police.  His goal was to make his State and Country a safer place in which to live.  Trooper Cavazos waged an unceasing war against crime as he lived and worked in an exemplary manner in accordance with the Trooper's Pledge.

     Tragically, at 12:40 a.m. on February 24, 1993, Trooper Cavazos stopped a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta for speeding at the southbound Interstate 95 ramp to Dale City in Prince William County.  The vehicle was traveling southbound from Washington, D.C. to North Carolina at a high rate of speed and had been stolen earlier in North Carolina by Lonnie Weeks, Jr.  Weeks was a passenger in the Volkswagen Jetta driven by his uncle, Lewis Dukes.  Trooper Cavazos approached and asked Weeks to step outside the vehicle and the North Carolina man complied.  Upon existing the vehicle, Weeks, who was carrying a Glock 9 mm handgun, immediately fired at least 6 bullets at Trooper Cavazos striking him in the chest.  Trooper Cavazos, age 50, died minutes later becoming the 45th Virginia State Police Trooper to give the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties.

     Weeks and Dukes were tracked by K-9s to a nearby motel where they were arrested.  Weeks was convicted of capital murder and executed in March of 2000.

     In January of 1998, the Dale City Interchange was named in Trooper Cavazos' honor.

     Trooper Cavazos had served with the Virginia State Police for 12 years.  He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.  Although this tragic loss was twenty-seven years ago, to his family, friends and troopers who knew and worked with Trooper Cavazos, it feels like yesterday.  Trooper Cavazos is remembered, honored and missed every day.

     Trooper Cavazos is a Virginia Hero and his memory is an inspiration to us all.  

Rest in Peace Brother.