Trooper-Pilot Joseph Benjamin Thomas, and Trooper Robert Edward Porter
End of Watch: 06/20/1950
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. Seventy years ago today, 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 brothers for your loyal and faithful service!
Rest in Peace!