Funeral arrangements finalized for VSP pilots killed in helicopter crash

Posted at 4:22 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 23:22:20-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Funeral arrangements have been finalized for the two Virginia State Police pilots killed in a helicopter crash in Albemarle County on Saturday, August 12.

Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates were killed when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a home on Old Farm Road.

The Virginia State Police helicopter was flying over the Charlottesville-area assisting with public safety at the "Unite the Right" rally.

Trooper-Pilot Bates

Visitation for Trooper-Pilot Bates will be held on Thursday, August 17 at Nelson Funeral Home, located at 4650 South Laburnum Avenue. Visitation will last from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

His funeral will be held on Friday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, located at 4247 Creighton Road in Richmond.

The interment will be a private graveside service.

Visitation for Lieutenant Cullen will be held on Friday, August 18 at Bennett Funeral Home, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway in Chesterfield. Visitation will last from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lt. H. Jay Cullen

His funeral will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Southside Church of the Nazarene, located at 6851 Courthouse Road.

The burial will be a private graveside service.

Lt. Cullen graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in May 1994 as a member of the 90th Basic Session. He first joined the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit in 1999.

Cullen is survived by his wife and two sons.

Trooper-Pilot Bates would have turned 41 years old Sunday, Aug. 13. He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in August 2004 as a member of the 107th Basic Session. He had just transferred to the Aviation Unit as a Trooper-Pilot in July.

Bates is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

For those wishing to support the Cullen and/or Bates families financially, contributions are being accepted through the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA0 ( Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). Monetary donations can be made by check (made payable to VSPA-ERF with “Jay Cullen” and/or “Berke Bates” noted in the memo) or Citizens may also donate through PayPal by visiting  When donating through PayPal please be sure to note the donation is for "Lt. Cullen and/or Tpr. Bates" in the comment section. Checks can be mailed to the VSPA ERF at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. All donations to the VSPA-ERF are tax deductible, and 100% of the donation goes to the families. For any additional questions, please contact the VSPA at 804-320-6272.

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