RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friends, family and colleagues came together Tuesday to honor fallen Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer.
Those who know him say he was so much more than a police officer killed in the line of duty. Throughout his funeral service, Dermyer was described as a "humble leader" and "dedicated police officer."
Cyndi Grace, who worked alongside Dermyer at the Newport News Police Department, reflected on their friendship and his "megawatt" smile.
One trooper who graduated from the academy with Dermyer said they called him Superman because they felt like he could do anything.
The final goodbye held inside the sanctuary of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton was a service fit for a hero. At least 3,500 people were there, including 200 family members. 23 other state police/highway patrol agencies from California, Utah, Florida and Maine, as well as Aurora, Illinois PD, Chicago PD, and NYPD were also in attendance, according to Virginia State Police.
The 37-year-old trooper is a hero and saved lives the day he was gunned down inside the Richmond Greyhound bus station.
"His power of observation, his instinct played out that day and he identified a murderer, unfortunately he paid the ultimate price for his skill," said Virginia State Police superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty.
But the focus on this dark day in law enforcement was on how Trooper Dermyer lived.
"He had integrity," said Col. Flaherty. "He had fortitude, character, he was fair-minded and Lord knows he had compassion for other people."
And above all things, he lived for his family, which includes his wife, son and daughter.
"Your father loved you very much, you always made him so proud," said Cyndi Grace. "Paige-y, daddy's little girl. Your dad told me how smart and beautiful you are, and he was so proud of his baby girl. Growing into a wonderful young lady who looks exactly like his beautiful wife."
It's a family now left without a father and husband, but gains an extended family in blue.
Trooper Dermyer followed in his father's footsteps and is also a Marine. He was also a police officer in his hometown in Jackson, Michigan and Newport News before becoming a state trooper.
Dermyer was laid to rest in Gloucester County, where the Marine Corps did a 21 guns salute.
Dermyer died Thursday after being shot at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond. Click here for full coverage of the shooting and more on Trooper Dermyer.
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