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Silver Citizen's Appreciation Award for 2019

Presented To Man Instrumental in Honoring Trooper Lucas Dowell



Amherst man given high honor from VSPA for bridge dedicated to fallen trooper


AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- The man instrumental in getting a bridge in Amherst County named after a fallen trooper has been given a high award by the Virginia State Police Association and the Virginia State Police.


Trooper Lucas Dowell was shot and killed in February while assisting with a search warrant in Cumberland County.  Shortly after, Steve Martin, who owns Martin's Body and Paint Shop in Amherst County - where Dowell was assigned - started a petition to dedicate the South Main Street/ Route 29 Business bridge over Route 29 as the "Trooper Lucas B. Dowell Bridge."  More than 2,000 people signed the petition and the bridge was finally dedicated in his honor in August.

24th District Delegate Ronnie Campbell then nominated Martin for the Virginia State Police Association's Silver Citizen's Appreciation Award for 2019.  The Amherst County Sheriff's Office held a ceremony this week to present him with the award at their office.


For those who never got the chance to meet him, Martin said the bridge is a way for them to learn about Trooper Dowell's service and sacrifice.


Trooper Dowell was a four-year veteran with the department and a member of the tactical team.  He graduated with the Virginia State Police’s 122nd Basic Session in November 2014. Since graduation he had been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division; his latest assignment was on patrol in Area 20, which encompasses the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst and Campbell counties.


A bridge in Smyth County, where Trooper Dowell is from, was also dedicated in his honor in November.