CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The family of slain Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer thanked the community for the outpouring of support following his death at the Greyhound station in Richmond last week.
Colonel Steve Flaherty read the statement outside Virginia State Police headquarters in Chesterfield.
"The outpouring of affection was evident not simply in the streets lined with people, but also in the everyday stories that people shared with us—kind words of how Chad lent a hand, told a joke, or how he simply showed up. Everyday. They served as validation to us and to his legacy. It has been our honor to stand with you and salute Chad," the statement read.
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.
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.
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