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Plaque dedicated to trooper killed directing State Fair traffic
The Virginia State trooper killed last year while directing traffic at the State Fair of Virginia was honored Thursday during a plaque dedication in Caroline County.
More than 70 law enforcement officers and state and local officials attended the ceremony at the Meadow Event Park to remember Trooper Andrew Fox.
Fox, a 27-year-old Tazewell County native, sustained fatal injuries Oct. 5, 2012, while working traffic detail during a special assignment at the State Fair.
A plaque honoring his life and service will be mounted outside The Meadow Event Park’s Public Safety Operations Center, and a second plaque will be placed inside the building.
“It is my hope that those plaques will serve as a reminder—to everyone who is involved in events at this facility—of the enormous responsibility we assume when we invite the public through those gates, and of the willingness and professionalism with which our law enforcement partners shoulder that responsibility,” said State Fair President Jeff Dillon.
Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne F. Pryor said that organization considers it a privilege to commemorate Fox’s life and service. The Farm Bureau purchased The Meadow earlier this year.
“Last year at Trooper Fox’s funeral, I was moved by the enormous outpouring of support for his family and his colleagues from Virginia’s law enforcement community,” Pryor said. “It is my hope that that support has been a comfort in the year that has passed.
Fox was directing traffic on State Route 30 at Theme Park Way near King’s Dominion in Hanover County, which is near the Meadow Event Park.
A 1992 Jeep Cherokee being driven by a Doswell woman was traveling east on Route 30 through the intersection when it struck Fox, according to police reports.
Fox was transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Angelica Christine Valencia, 28, of Doswell pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in Hanover County General District Court in February and was given a suspended 12-month sentence and a $1,000 fine.
Fox’s father, David, a police officer in the town of Richlands, was there for the unveiling of the plaques.
Trooper Aaron Brenner and Trooper Justin Crawley, who both lifted the SUV off Fox, received awards from the Red Cross for their efforts.
Fox joined the Virginia State Police in 2006 and was assigned to the Fairfax Division. A few months before his death, Fox had transferred back to Southwest Virginia to the Wytheville Division.
A Virginia Tech graduate, Fox was a former Tazewell police officer and member of the Draper Volunteer Fire Department.
“It is comforting to know that Trooper Fox and the sacrifice he made in the course of his job will be forever remembered and seen by visitors to The Meadow Event Park and by his fellow troopers for generations to come,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, State Police superintendent.
“We extend our sincere appreciation to the Virginia Farm Bureau for finding a way to permanently memorialize the life and public service of Trooper Andrew D. Fox.”
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