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...