Earlier today the name of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse was officially unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, along with the names of two other officers killed in the line of duty, Albany (GA) Police Officer Terry Mae Lewis-Flemming and Riverside (MO) Master Patrolman Jefferson Gerald Taylor.
Friends, family, and colleagues of Officer Crouse gathered to honor his service and sacrifice. Less than six months ago, Officer Crouse was shot and killed while he was administering a routine traffic stop on Virginia Tech’s campus. He was 39-years old and left behind a wife, Tina, son, Dustin, and four step-children.
Officer Crouse formerly worked at the New River Valley Jail in Dublin, VA, the Montgomery County (VA) Sheriff’s Department and was a U.S. Army veteran.
In 2012, the names of 362 officers, including Officer Crouse, will be added to the Memorial walls, 163 names of officers killed in 2011 and 199 historical fatalities. All of the newly-engraved names will be formally dedicated on the Memorial during the 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, as part of the National Police Week observances.
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