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“Remembering & Honoring Our Heroes

Who made the Ultimate Sacrifice during June”

The Colonel C. W. Woodson Memorial Gallery located in the Virginia State Police Academy is dedicated to those members of the Virginia State Police and their predecessors, the inspectors of the Division of Motor Vehicles, who gave their lives 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.  The Woodson Memorial Gallery proudly displays the portraits of eight Virginia Troopers - Trooper James Read Hughes, EOW: 6/03/1974; Sergeant Norman Wesley Hampton, EOW: 6/03/1997; Trooper Henry Murray Brooks, Jr., EOW: 6/10/1956; Trooper Garland Matthaew Miller, EOW: 6/13/1963; Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell, EOW: 6/17/1948; Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas, EOW: 6/20/1950; Trooper Robert Edward Porter, EOW: 6/20/1950; and Trooper Adam M. Bowen, EOW: 6/24/2011 - who lived their lives by this tradition and by the Trooper's Pledge down to the very letter and who in the month of June made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving the citizens of our State and Country.  We will always remember and honor them for how they lived and served.

God Bless our Heroes!

Remembering and Honors Our Heroes

 

Trooper James Read Hughes
End of Watch: June 3, 1974
Division VII - Fairfax County

 

 

     Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors Trooper James Read Hughes' life and service to the Citizens of Virginia.  Trooper Hughes lived and worked by the Trooper's Pledge.  He waged unceasing war against crime in all its forms and he endeavored to make his assignment area, state and country a safer place in which to live.  Trooper Hughes gave his life in the preservation of law and order, becoming the 30th member of the Virginia State Police to die in the line of duty.

 

     On June 3, 1974, Trooper James Read Hughes was struck and killed by a tractor trailer during a traffic stop on I-95 near Lorton, in Fairfax County.  He was speaking with the driver of the vehicle he had stopped when a tractor trailer struck him and the vehicle.

 

     Trooper Hughes served with the Virginia State Police for 3 years.  He was 28 years old and was survived by his parents and a brother of Norfolk, Virginia.

 

     Thank you for your service and dedication!

 

     Rest In Peace Trooper Hughes.

 

 

 

Sergeant Norman Wesley Hampton
End of Watch: June 3, 1997
Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

 

 

"I shall consider no sacrifice too great in the performance of my duty."

 

     Norman Wesley Hampton served as a Virginia State Trooper for more than three decades, and though he had retired in 1991, his dedication to helping others never diminished.  In fact, so strong was his commitment to his fellow man, that to have ignored a cry of distress from someone in peril would have been contradictory to his very nature.

 

     And so it was that on June 3, 1997, Sergeant Norman Wesley Hampton responded to a life-threatening situation in the only manner he had ever known - without hesitation.  As a result, Sergeant Hampton saved the life of an 11 year old boy who had fallen from a raft into the stormy waters along the Pawley's Island, South Carolina coastline.  Tragically, in the process of preserving a life, Sergeant Hampton sacrificed his own becoming the 48th member of the Virginia State Police to pay the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting his fellow man.

 

     Rescuers, who had been called to the scene that day to search the ocean for a young boy, returned to shore with the remains of a true Virginia and South Carolina hero.  According to accounts provided by onlookers, after hoisting the young boy back onto the raft, Sergeant Hampton, in the grips of powerful undercurrents, was unable to hang onto the vessel.  Just moments after rescuing the youngster, he disappeared underwater.

 

     Sergeant Hampton's life of service to his fellow man included 33 years with the Virginia State Police and 2 years with the U. S. Army.  Sergeant Hampton served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Virginia State Police Dispatcher, Trooper and Sergeant from 1956 until his retirement in 1991.  When he retired, he was a Duty Sergeant at Virginia State Police Administrative Headquarters.  He also served the Nation in the military as a member of the
U. S. Army from 1961 to 1963.

 

Thank you for your service, dedication and commitment!

Rest In Peace Brother

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Trooper Garland Matthew Miller
End of Watch: June 13, 1963.
Division V - York County

 

     Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family Remembers and Honors the Service and Dedication of Trooper Garland Matthew Miller, who like the Eagle on his Trooper's Badge, always soared high searching for crime in all its forms to protect the citizens he served.  Trooper Miller strived always to make his community, state and country a safer place in which to live.

     Tragically, on June 13, 1963, Trooper Garland Miller was injured in a motor vehicle crash on Route 168 (modern-day I-64) in York County, three miles west of Williamsburg.  Trooper Miller was training a newly hired Trooper when the accident occurred.  Trooper Miller succumbed to his injuries becoming the 25th Virginia State Police Trooper to make the Ultimate Sacrifice while performing his official duties.

     Trooper Miller is a true Virginia Hero for the way he lived and served.  Trooper Garland Miller served and protected the Citizens of Virginia as a Virginia State Police Trooper for 7 years.  He was also a military veteran.  He served as a member of the 503rd Military Airborne Police Battalion.

     Trooper Garland Matthew Miller is remembered as a “real gentleman,” by retired Virginia Superintendent of State Police William F. Corvello, who worked with Trooper Miller, and spearheaded the initiative to name the Barlow Road overpass that crosses Interstate 64 in Upper York County the Trooper Garland Matthew Miller Memorial Bridge in his honor.

     His memory lives and his service stands as an inspiration for all that follow him.  Thank you Trooper Garland Miller for your loyal service and dedication to serving and protecting your fellow man.

     Rest in Peace Brother!

 

 

Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell
Division V - Newport News
End of Watch: June 17, 1948.

 

 

Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell.  He was a native of Appomattox County, Virginia.  We celebrate the service and dedication of Trooper Robert Elvin Caldwell.  He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and he served as a Virginia State Police Trooper for 18 months.  As a Virginia Trooper, he strived always to make Virginia a safer place to live and to operate a motor vehicle.  He always made every effort to stop crime in all its forms and to stop all unsafe acts.

 

On June 17, 1948, Trooper Robert Caldwell was giving his all to stop a reckless driver who was driving on 39th Street in Newport News at a very alarming high speed.  Tragically, as Trooper Caldwell pursued the speeding car another vehicle pulled out of a service station and into Trooper Caldwell's path, causing a collision at the intersection of 39th Street and Chestnut Avenue.  Trooper Caldwell was killed in the crash becoming the 15th Virginia State Trooper to make the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of his official duties.

 

Trooper Caldwell is a true Virginia Hero for the way he lived, served and protected the Citizens of Virginia.  His memory lives and his service stands as an inspiration for all that follows.

 

Thank you Trooper Robert Caldwell for your loyal service and dedication.

 

Rest in Peace Brother!

 

 

Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas
and Trooper Robert Edward Porter
End of Watch:  June 20, 1950.
Location:  Division V - Gloucester County

 

 

     The Virginia State Police Family remembers and honors the service and dedication of Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Trooper Robert Edward Porter.  Troopers Thomas and Porter had responded together to a call for help from a family of a missing woman.  The Troopers were flying a mission searching for the missing woman when they paid the ultimate sacrifice becoming the 16th and 17th Virginia State Troopers to die while protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia.

 

     Tragically, both Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Trooper Robert Edward Porter were killed when the single engine Aeronca Champion airplane they were flying stalled and crashed near Allmondsville, along the York River, in Gloucester County.  Trooper Thomas was piloting the airplane at the time while Trooper Porter was flying as an observer.

 

     Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Trooper Robert Edward Porter lived and died in the best traditions of law enforcement's duty and service to mankind.  They are true Virginia Heroes!  Their memories live on and their service stands as an inspiration to all that follow into the future.

 

Thank you, Trooper Thomas and Trooper Porter, for your loyal and faithful service!

 

Rest in Peace!

 

 

Trooper Adam M. Bowen
Division I - King George County
End of Watch: June 24, 2011.

 

 

     Today and always, the Virginia State Police Family remembers, honors and celebrates the service and dedication of Trooper Adam M. Bowen.  Adam was fully dedicated to serving as a Virginia State Trooper.  He loved protecting and serving the Citizens of Virginia and he was always available to assist other law enforcement officers.  He strived always to make Virginia a safer place to live and he make every effort to stop crime in all its forms.  He led his area, which included King George and Caroline counties, in criminal arrests and was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2010 for his enforcement efforts against impaired drivers.

     On June 24, 2011, Trooper Adam Bowen answered the call for assistance and was responding to assist a fellow officer when a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction turned left in front of him.  Trooper Bowen immediately took evasive action by braking and changing lanes to avoid hitting the other vehicle.  Despite his maneuvers, the other vehicle still struck the patrol vehicle in the driver's side rear door causing the police vehicle to spin out of control and to strike a pole.  Trooper Bowen died at the scene becoming the 57th Virginia State Police Trooper to make the ultimate sacrifice while performing his official duties.

     Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty described Trooper Bowen "as a dedicated public safety professional" who not only served as a Virginia State Trooper for three years but also as a Soldier for five years including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

     Trooper Bowen is a true Virginia Hero for the way he lived, served and protected the Citizens of Virginia and the Nation!  His memory lives and his service stands as an inspiration for all that follow!

     Thank you Trooper Adam Bowen for your loyal service, dedication, and example!

     Rest in Peace Brother

 

 

 

 

Trooper's Pledge

 

"Humbly recognizing the responsibilities
entrusted to me as a member of the Department of State Police,
an organization dedicated to the preservation of human life and property,
I pledge myself to perform my duties honestly and faithfully
to the best of my ability and without fear, favor or prejudice.

"I shall aid those in danger or distress,
and shall strive always to make my State and Country
a safer place in which to live.
I shall wage unceasing war against crime in all its forms,
and shall consider no sacrifice too great
in the performance of my duty.

I shall obey the laws of the United States of America
and of the Commonwealth of Virginia,
and shall support and defend their constitutions
against all enemies whomsoever, foreign and domestic.
I shall always be loyal to and uphold
the honor of my organization, my State and my Country."