Bill to name bridge in New Kent after fallen trooper
RICHMOND, Va. Bates.
Bates was one of two members of Virginia State Police killed in August 2017. Bates. Bates was killed in a helicopter crash while responding to a violetn rally in Charlottesville in 2017. (Credit: Evanne Armour/Capitol Bureau).
“As much as Berke would hate the attention associated with this process, he would be honored and humbled to know everyone who travels the highways of the commonwealth will see his name and know the sacrifice he gave,” she told the state senators.
She shared that her husband knew he wanted to join VSP when he was just 8 years old.
“He was proud of everything he did with the Virginia State Police, however nothing made him more proud than the day he became Trooper Pilot,
” she said.
Bates was part of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive protection unit.
Senators voted unanimously to advance the bill.
Committee chairman Sen. Bill Carrico (R Grayson), a retired Senior Trooper, took a moment to address Bates’ wife.
“I just want to humbly say thank you because I know that sacrifice was great for you,” said Carrico. “This is a small token, I believe,
that we can do in that sacrifice.”
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