By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A portrait of Virginia State Trooper Andrew D. Fox, who was assigned to Pulaski County but was killed on special assignment in Hanover County in October, was unveiled this morning during a special ceremony in Richmond.
According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, special recognition was given to Fox by unveiling and dedicating his portrait before his family and fellow state troopers. The unveiling took place during the Virginia State Police Officers’ Memorial Service, which recognized 59 fallen troopers who died while serving the Commonwealth.
Fox was 27 years old when he was struck by a car while directing traffic leaving the Virginia State Fair. He was a native of Tazewell, but lived in Pulaski County with his wife at the time of his death.
Master Trooper Junius A. Walker, who was shot and killed March 7 as he conducted a welfare check on a motorist stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County, also was honored during the ceremony. Acknowledgement was given to 14 other troopers whose line-of-duty deaths reached a significant milestone during 2013, including the department’s first line-of-duty death in 1928. The tribute included the toll of a single bell and an Honor Guard salute for:
•10 Years: Trooper Michael T. Blanton (2003, Henrico County)
•15 Years: Trooper Jessica J. Cheney (1998, Stafford Co.)
•20 Years: Trooper José M. Cavazos (1993, Prince William County)
•25 Years: Trooper Jacqueline Vernon (1988, Alexandria)
•30 Years: Trooper Rodney D. Grimes (1983, Shenandoah County)
•35 Years: Trooper Robert T. Lohr (1978, Caroline County)
•40 Years: Trooper Rannie D. Kennedy (1973, Spotsylvania County)
•45 Years: Trooper Warren Y. Harless (1968, Lee County)
•50 Years: Trooper Garland M. Miller (1963, Williamsburg)
•60 Years: Trooper Walter S. Parrish (1953, Fairfax County)
•65 Years: Trooper Robert E. Caldwell (1948, Newport News)
•70 Years: License Examiner Charles E. Hagerman (1943, MIA – WWII)
•75 Years: Sgt. Charles W. Puckett (1938, Russell County)
•85 Years: Inspector W. Neville Hatcher (1928, Culpeper County)