By NEESEY PAYNE
He will always be remembered as a law enforcement brother, a father, provider and hero. On Saturday, Dec. 8, family, friends, officers and community members will gather to honor the memory of Officer Deriek W. Crouse.
Crouse, a member of the Virginia Tech Police Department, lost his life in the line of duty Dec. 8, 2011. He was gunned down while performing a traffic stop on Virginia Tech’s campus. A memorial service will take place Saturday at noon in the Coliseum Lot on Tech’s campus.
Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, Del. Joseph Yost (R-12th District), Virginia Tech Police Officer Kendrah Cline, and the Rev. Tommy McDearis, chaplain for the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech police departments will give remarks.
According to earlier reports Steger was quotes as saying, “In light of the turmoil and trauma and the tragedy suffered by this campus by guns, I can only say words don’t describe our feelings and they’re elusive at this point in time. Our hearts are broken again for the family of our police officer.”
A permanent memorial made of Hokie Stone will be dedicated in honor of Crouse at the conclusion of the memorial service.
“On behalf of the members of the police department, I wish to thank the community for their support of the Virginia Tech Police Department and Deriek’s family. We are humbled to honor Deriek’s life and sacrifice with this service and dedication of a permanent memorial,” said Chief of Police Wendell R. Flinchum
Rusty Zarger, a former of neighbor of Crouse, said he was a “standup guy, mild-mannered and confident.” Crouse will be remembered as being a jokester, and a man who loved rock music and riding his motorcycle.
Crouse joined the Tech force Oct. 27, 2007, and served in the patrol division. He is survived by his wife, five children and step-children, mother, father, and two brothers.
Crouse’s days on Earth may be gone, but his memory will live on forever.