ARLINGTON, VA (WWBT) - A vigorous push to honor a fallen Virginia State Trooper 26 years after her death.
Trooper Jacqueline Vernon was hit by a bus while working a traffic stop back in 1988. She was the first female - and the first African American - state trooper killed in the line of duty.
Despite those distinctions, there's no bridge or stretch of road to honor her service. Her family is asking, why not?
Some say Trooper Vernon was from West Virginia and there just wasn't a charge to rally the community. Others say it's because she was black and female.
The Virginia State Police Association says there's nothing covert going on and it wants to give the family peace of mind that a roadside memorial could happen with next year's General Assembly.
People were shocked to see a female step out of a cruiser back in the 1980s, but Trooper Jackie Vernon was unshakeable, even when her male comrades told her she wasn't worthy to be a State Trooper, says her brother Ron Vernon.