Terry McAuliffe

State and local officials, police honor fallen State Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates with bridge dedication

State and local officials, police honor fallen State Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates with bridge dedication

Fallen Virginia State Police Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates was honored once again for his service and sacrifice.

About 100 people — state and county officials, police, citizens and the Bates family — gathered to dedicate an Interstate 64 bridge overpass to Bates at a ceremony Friday afternoon. Bates died last year in a plane crash while responding to the Charlottesville riot.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Del. Chris Peace, R-Mechanicsville, and Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent, spoke on behalf of Bates and his character.

The dedication comes from legislation passed by Sen. Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment, R-James City, and co-patron Peace in the 2018...

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