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


     Today and always, the Virginia State Police 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.  Forty-Six years ago, 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.