1. Homepage - Important Links


Trooper Robert Louis Loder, Jr., Badge # 495
Division 1 - Ashland, Virginia
End of Watch: January 31, 1954

 

 

The Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the Life and Service of Trooper Robert Louis Loder, Jr., 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. On January 31, 1954, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Trooper Robert Loder, at the age of 23, became the 22nd Virginia State Police Trooper to pay the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the Citizens of Virginia when he was killed in an automobile crash while pursuing a violator on Route 1, in Ashland.

 

Another vehicle entered the highway from a side road, causing Trooper Loder to swerve. His vehicle overturned several times and he was ejected. He was transported to the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond, where he was pronounced dead.

 

Trooper Loder first served his country in the military. He was a veteran of the Korean War and recipient of three Bronze Stars. Then he served the Citizens of Virginia as a State Trooper.

 

When this tragic accident occurred, we lost a Hero way too soon! Trooper Loder had served with the Virginia State Police for only 27 days.

 

Thank you for your service brother! Rest in Peace!


 

Trooper Michael Todd Blanton, Badge # 971
End of Watch: January 29, 2003.
Division 1 - Henrico County

 

Remembering and Honoring the service and dedication of Trooper Michael Todd Blanton, 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. On January 29, 2003, Trooper Michael Blanton was killed during a violator stop of a suspected drunk driver near the Gaskins Road exit ramp on Interstate 64 in Henrico County.

 

Those who knew Michael Blanton described him as an exemplary trooper, a trooper's trooper, who lived and worked as per the Trooper's Pledge. He always worked to make his area of assignment, State and Country a safer place in which to live. He waged unceasing war against crime in all its forms to protect and serve the Citizens of Virginia.

 

Trooper Michael Blanton was annually one of Virginia State Police Division 1's top Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcers. The Richmond Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers recognized him in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, Trooper Blanton led Division 1 in DUI arrests.

 

The manner in which Trooper Blanton served, protected and enforced the law improved public safety and saved lives. He is a true Virginia Hero and role model.

 

Trooper Blanton first served his country as a soldier and then he served his community and his state as a law enforcement officer. His home was Henrico County where he graduated from Highland Springs High School in 1991. Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman for four years. The he came back home where he served with the Henrico County Sheriff's Department as a deputy sheriff for two years. Then in 1998 he achieved a life-long goal and desire of becoming a trooper.

 

He served with the Virginia State Police for five years prior to becoming the 51st Virginia State Police Trooper to die in the line of duty.

 

Thank you for your service brother!

 

Rest In Peace!

 

 

 

Remembering and Honoring

Trooper George Franklin Miller
Killed in Action While Serving in World War II
End of Watch:  January 20, 1945

 

Members of the Virginia State Police Family, Remember and Honor the service and sacrifice of Trooper George Franklin Miller, who dedicated his life to serving and protecting his country, state and community, first as a law enforcement officer and then as a soldier.   Tragically, on January 20, 1945, Trooper Miller was reported as killed in action in World War II.  He was on military leave when he gave the ultimate sacrifice becoming the 12th Virginia State Police Trooper to die in the line of duty.
 

Trooper George Franklin Miller served and protected the citizens of the Commonwealth at home and in World War II with dedication and commitment.
 

Thank you for your service Brother.

Rest in Peace.


 

TROOPER JESSICA JEAN CHENEY, Badge # 980
DIVISION II - STAFFORD COUNTY
EOW: JANUARY 17, 1998

 

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the service and dedication of Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney, who 22 years ago, gave her 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.

 

Tragically, on January 17, 1998, Trooper Jessica Cheney was killed while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on US Route 1, near State Route 630, in Stafford County.

 

Trooper Cheney had served with the Virginia State Police as a trooper for two years. She had previously served as a dispatcher at Virginia State Police Division I Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, and was assigned to Division II - Stafford & Spotsylvania Counties following graduation from Trooper Basic School.

 

She is survived by her parents and sister. Her mother was a dispatcher with the department, her father was a sworn member of the agency, and her sister served as a dispatcher with a neighboring police agency.

 

Rest In Peace Jessica


 

TROOPER BERNARD WALTER WRIGHT, BADGE # 708
DIVISION THREE - HALIFAX COUNTY
END OF WATCH: JANUARY 17, 1976

 

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors Trooper Bernard Walter Wright's life of service to the Citizens of Virginia. Trooper Wright lived and worked by the Trooper's Pledge always waging unceasing war against crime in all its forms. He endeavored to make his assignment area, state and country a safer place to live.

 

Tragically, 44 years ago, Trooper Bernard Walter Wright 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 Bernard Wright was attempting to apprehend a violator when his patrol car skidded on ice and overturned. Trooper Wright succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the crash becoming the 33rd Virginia State Police Trooper to give the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia.

 

Trooper Wright had served with the Virginia State Police for 15 years.

 

He was survived by his wife, three daughters, one brother, one sister, and his parents.

 

Thank you for your service and dedication!

 

Rest In Peace Trooper Wright.


 

Remembering and Honoring
Trooper Alexander M. Cochran, III
End of Watch:  January 15, 1987
Division VII - Fairfax County

The Virginia State Police Family is Remembering and Honoring Trooper Alexander M. Cochran III, 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 Cochran loved being a Virginia State Trooper and he waged an unceasing war against crime as he lived and worked in an exemplary manner in accordance with the Trooper's Pledge.

Tragically, on January 15, 1987, Trooper Alexander Cochran was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in his neighborhood in the Lorton Area of Fairfax County. Trooper Cochran was at home when he heard a gunshot and a woman's screams for help in front of his home. He ran to help and to protect his neighbor and was shot in the back and head by a man who was firing a shotgun out of his second-floor window. Trooper Cochran is the 41st Virginia State Police Trooper to give the Ultimate Sacrifice protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia.

Trooper Cochran was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard and had served with the Virginia State Police for two years. Trooper Cochran was pursuing one of his goals to fly helicopters for the Virginia State Police.

We will always remember Trooper Alexander M. Cochran, III, as our Brother, an exemplary Trooper, and a true Virginia Hero! Rest In Peace Al.


Remembering and Honoring
Sergeant James Michael Phillippi
End of Watch:  January 11, 2014
Division VI - Henry County
End of Watch:  January 11, 1984
 

The Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors Sergeant James Michael Phillippi for his service and dedication to the Citizens of Virginia and to the members of the Virginia State Police. Sergeant Phillippi served with the Virginia State Police for more than 42 years. Tragically, on Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, he was involved in an automobile crash in Henry County where he died becoming the 60th Virginia State Police Officer to give the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the Citizens of Virginia.

Sergeant James Michael Phillippi who was a native of Gate City spent most of his 42 years with the state police office that serves Martinsville, Henry County and Patrick County. He was promoted to sergeant in 1990.

Colonel Steven Flaherty said about Sergeant Phillippi, “He was highly respected for his leadership, strong character, integrity, and dedication to mission. Sergeant Phillippi was totally loyal to the troopers he supervised and mentored, and the community he served.”

Sergeant Phillippi’s memory lives and his service and dedication stands forever as an example for all troopers to aspire to achieve.

Thank you for your service, mentorship, and leadership Brother!

Rest in Peace Brother.


Inspector Phillip C. Via
Division III - Green County
End of Watch:  January 11, 1929

 

 

Inspector Phillip Via was injured in a motorcycle accident while providing an escort for President Calvin Coolidge near Waynesboro, Virginia.  Inspector Via’s condition worsened, causing him to develop pneumonia. He passed away at his home in Stanardsville on January 11th, 1929.

Inspector Via was a US Army veteran of WWI. He had served with the Greene County Sheriff's Office prior to joining the Virginia State Police.

 

Inspector Phillip Via was the 2nd Virginia State Police Officer to give the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia and the Nation.

 

Inspector Via's memory lives and his service stands forever as an example for all troopers to model.

 

Thank you for you service and example Brother!

 

Rest in Peace Brother.


Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy, Badge # 1551
EOW: January 3, 1986
Division VI – Salem, Virginia

 

Today and Always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy, who 34 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. Trooper McCoy served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Virginia State Police Trooper for 5.5 years. His goal was to make his State and Country a safer place in which to live. Trooper McCoy waged an unceasing war against crime in all its forms as he lived and worked in an exemplary manner in accordance with the Trooper's Pledge.

 

Tragically on January 3, 1986, Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy was shot and killed after he stopped a vehicle that had been reported as being driven erratically on I-81 near Salem, Virginia. The two occupants of the vehicle had just stolen the vehicle in the Front Royal Area after shooting the owner. Trooper McCoy gave the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting the citizens of Virginia and in so doing became the 40th Virginia State Police Trooper to die in the line of duty.

 

Trooper McCoy was a graduate of Radford University where he majored in Criminal Justice. Following graduation he pursued his dream and became a Virginia State Trooper.

When he was killed he was only 29 years old. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister and brother.

 

Today and Always, because of how he lived and served his fellow man, Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy is our Hero!

 

He is a Virginia Hero that provided the example for us all to follow.

 

His Memory Lives on Forever and his dedication and service stand as a model for all current and future Troopers to serve by.

 

Thank you for your service Brother.

 

Rest in Peace.