Memorial service honors police killed in line of duty

Memorial service honors police killed in line of duty
H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates
Special Agent Michael T Walter (Source: Virginia State Police)
Special Agent Michael T Walter (Source: Virginia State Police)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police held an annual memorial service on Tuesday to honor public safety professionals killed in the line of duty.

Special recognition was given during the service to state police personnel who lost their lives in 2017, including two troopers who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last year.

Portraits for Lt. H. Jay Cullen III and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates were unveiled before their families and fellow troopers. A third portrait was unveiled for Special Agent Michael T. Walter, who was fatally shot in Richmond in May 2017.

The service was held at the New Life Outreach Church in North Chesterfield. Retired Col. W. Steven Flaherty provided the keynote address.

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