Funeral for State Trooper hit directing State Fair traffic

Posted at 7:33 PM, Oct 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-11 19:33:37-04

(WTVR) - Family and friends remembered the Virginia state trooper who died last weekend while directing traffic outside the State Fair

The state trooper, Andrew David Fox, was the 58th officer to die in the line of duty in the department's history.

Today, officers from across the state gathered in his memory.

Law enforcement officers gathered from across the state met in southwest Virginia today at what's called The Gathering Place in Pulaski.

Fox, a 27-year-old Tazwell County native and Virginia Tech graduate was hit by a car while directing traffic on the last weekend of the State Fair.

State Police said the traffic light at the intersection had been flashing yellow to allow troopers to direct traffic.

Officials say the female driver, who is from Doswell, and another passenger in the car were not injured.

Trooper Fox leaves behind a wife and will be buried in a cemetery in Grayson County.

A spokesperson tells us if you visit the law enforcement officers memorial fund web site, you can find out just how common it is for an officer to die in the line of duty.

According to their data, being hit by a car is the fourth most common way officers die;  with over 140 lives over the last decade.