HAMPTON, VA (WWBT) - Friends, family, and fellow law enforcement are preparing to pay their final respects to fallen Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer. The young father will be laid to rest Tuesday morning.
They gathered at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton on Monday for a visitation, and the support came from all over the country.
Trooper Chad Dermyer's patrol car was parked outside the church where many laid flowers. Fire departments waved an American flag high in his honor, and loved ones came pouring in to pay their respects for the man who's life touched so many.
"Out of state, many troopers have a special bond," said Wisconsin State Police Trooper Ed Schofield.
It's a special bond so tight that Wisconsin State Police troopers Ed Schofield and Mike Larsen flew in for the visitation of a man they had never even met.
"We know the realities of this job, and so for us to make a trip from Wisconsin to here is the least that we can do," said Trooper Larsen.
It's something these troopers know about all too well - losing Wisconsin State Police Trooper Trevor Casper to a shooting last year. It's a tragedy they say could happen to any of them.
"Every officer knows that his next day of work could be his last day of work," said Trooper Schofield.
They weren't the only ones who made a lengthy journey. New York City police officers Kevin Lynch and Michael Bresnahan drove down with the same goal in mind.
"It's really an honor to be here," said Bresnahan. "We've had so many people come from different departments to our line-of-duty funerals, so now it's our way of giving back to them."
Solidarity that spans miles was brought together in one church for one man: Chad Dermyer.
Trooper Dermyer's funeral will be held at the Liberty Baptist Church on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m.
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