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Governor praises fallen officers
By Chelyen Davis
RICHMOND—Gov. Bob McDonnell yesterday honored law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty over the past year, including a state trooper from Montross.
The ceremony commemorated six officers from around the state, including a Virginia Tech police officer who was shot on Tech’s campus, and two Buchanan County deputies killed by a sniper.
Families of the officers were given plaques and flowers by McDonnell and law enforcement leaders.
“All did something unique. They died doing something they loved, but they died doing something extraordinary,” McDonnell said. “And that is giving their very lives for this idea of freedom and safety.”
He thanked the officers’ families, who he said also made sacrifices and supported those who they knew were in dangerous jobs.
“You chose that life with them, to be a partner with them,” McDonnell said. “On behalf of the 8 million people of Virginia, we’re exceptionally grateful We will not forget these sacrifices the people of Virginia are safer and more secure because of these sacrifices.”
Political leaders make public safety policy that only becomes real when individual officers carry it out, McDonnell said Thursday.
Those honored included Virginia State Police Trooper Adam Bowen, who died nearly a year ago in a car crash in King George County while driving to help a narcotics task force.
A three-year veteran of the state police, Bowen was 28.
State Police Col. Steven Flaherty described Bowen as a lively young man with a sense of humor.
“He was always up for a practical joke, especially when he was dishing them out,” Flaherty said. “It didn’t matter if you were the colonel or dad.”
But Bowen was also a respectful, hardworking, dedicated trooper who knew what he wanted, Flaherty said.
“Adam Bowen was a man with a plan. He no doubt knew exactly what he wanted out of life,” Flaherty said.
He said Bowen had joined the Air National Guard before becoming a trooper, knowing that one would prepare him for the other.
Bowen never turned down a request for help, Flaherty said, and was always enthusiastic about the job.
“Adam Bowen is and always will be a state trooper,” Flaherty said.
Chelyen Davis: 804/343-2245