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Teen to host Blue Lives Matter rally in honor of Trooper Dermyer

Posted at 7:33 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 19:33:19-04

"Hero.”

Hero, a word used Monday by Richmond residents to describe Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer.

It’s spelled out on billboards across the Commonwealth.

“It just reminds you the sacrifice that law enforcement officers give every day on their jobs,” said Henrico High Schooler Emma Capps.

Capps, 16, and her mom took pause in front of a blue ribbon that tops a growing memorial, just feet from where the 37-year-old trooper was gunned down inside the Richmond Greyhound bus station Thursday.

“It just makes it more real because you get to see the community responding to it,” said Capps.

Virginia State Police trooper Chad Dermyer

Virginia State Police trooper Chad Dermyer

The Henrico teen will respond, by holding a Blue Lives Matter Rally Saturday to honor the father of two who spent his life serving.

It will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in front of the Flying Squirrels Stadium across from the bus station. Click here for event details. 

“It hit me on a personal level,” said Capps who is actively involved in the Blue Lives Matter movement. “We have to do something to stop it.  We have to let them know their service is appreciated,” added Capps.

You can also show your appreciation at Mechanicsville’s Riverbound Cafe Thursday.

“It just hit really close to home and we wanted to bring the community together.  All day we will be donating 15 to 20 percent of our sales to his family,” said Alexis Sixt with Riverbound Cafe.

The food fundraiser was organized by Trooper Dermyer’s colleague Trooper J.W. Crawley.

While Trooper Dyermyer’s end of watch has come— his legacy in this community and beyond has just begun.

“He left everything behind for us,” said Capps.

Funeral Information 

Virginia State Police officials said visitation for trooper Chad P. Dermyer will take place Monday in Hampton. He will be laid to rest Tuesday.

Visitation -- Monday

3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Liberty Baptist Church
1021 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, Va. 23661

Funeral -- Tuesday

11 a.m.
Liberty Baptist Church
1021 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, Va. 23661

Additionally, a private graveside burial will take place after the service in Gloucester County.

Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered flags at the state Capitol in Richmond and Gloucester County lowered to half staff Tuesday to honor Dermyer.

How to Help 

The Virginia State Police Association is accepting donations for the Dermyer family. Checks should be addressed to VSPA Emergency Relief Fund and with Trooper Dermyer in the “memo” line. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the VSPA at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23225. (While a GoFundMe account has also been created, officials pointed out that the crowdfunding website takes a portion of proceeds generated. By donating to the VSPA, all of your donation will go to the family.)

Fundraiser Thursday 

The event will take place at the Riverbound Cafe at 8005 Creighton Parkway in Mechanicsville on Thursday, April 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The restaurant is located in the Kroger shopping center off Mechanicsville Turnpike.)

The cafe will donate 15-20 percent of all sales to Trooper Dermyer's family. Additionally, a donation box out will be available for folks who would like to drop by to make a contribution.

"Bring your family, neighbors, and random people on the street and help us pack the tables to help support this family," a Facebook post reads.