Bridges dedicated to fallen VSP trooper, Va. Guard 1SG

A Rockbridge County bridge on I-81 is dedicated July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va., in honor of Master Trooper Jerry Hines, a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, who also served as a first sergeant at the armory later named in his honor. Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for the Virginia State Police officiated the ceremony and Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Virginia state Delegate Ben Cline, who both sponsored the legislation to name the bridge in Hines’ honor, spoke at the ceremony, along with retired Maj. J.T. “Jimmy” Poole, Hines’ commander at the time of his death. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

A Rockbridge County bridge on I-81 is dedicated July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va., in honor of Master Trooper Jerry Hines, a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, who also served as a first sergeant at the armory later named in his honor. Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for the Virginia State Police officiated the ceremony and Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds and Virginia state Delegate Ben Cline, who both sponsored the legislation to name the bridge in Hines’ honor, spoke at the ceremony, along with retired Maj. J.T. “Jimmy” Poole, Hines’ commander at the time of his death. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Interstate 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek and Maury River in Rockbridge County were officially named in the honor of Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry Hines during a ceremony July 14, 2014, at the Hines Memorial Armory in Lexington, Va. Hines, who also served as the first sergeant of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Lexington-based Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the line of duty Feb. 20, 1989, and the armory in Lexington was named in his honor. Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored the legislation, Senate Bill No. 612 and House Bill No. 986, to officially designate the bridges in his name and were present for the dedication ceremony.

Hines was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-81, near the I-64 interchange in Rockbridge County by Dennis Eaton. Eaton killed a neighbor and a male friend of his girlfriend’s before shooting Hines and then fleeing the scene with his girlfriend. The two were later spotted by police in Salem, and following a high speed chase during which Eaton crashed into several utility poles Eaton fatally shot his girlfriend, exchanged gunfire with the Salem police officers, wounded himself and was finally taken into custody.

“It’s been 25 years since that tragic night in February that we lost Jerry,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent for the Virginia State Police. “Jerry was a man that meant so very much to the Department of the State Police, to the National Guard and to this Rockbridge community.”

Along with Deeds and Cline, at the event was retired Maj. J.T. “Jimmy” Poole, Hines’ commander at the time of his death, and several members of Hines’ family, including the six grandchildren born after his death. Both his son and daughter spoke at the event.

“Dad was a man of character and hope. He was a man with pride, valor, and honor. He loved family and fellow man. He was full of wit and humor,” said Jonathan Hines, Jerry’s son. “If this dedication would have happened 25 years ago, it would have been a sad day, but today is a good day.”

Signs have already been erected on I-81, marking the bridge in Hines’ honor, and Hines’ family unveiled a picture of the sign during the dedication ceremony. Replicas of the sign were also presented to the family and the Virginia State Police.

The unit designation for infantry company in Lexington is now Company B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Photos: Bridge dedicated to fallen VSP trooper, Va. Guard 1SG

SENATE BILL NO. 612
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+SB612

Offered January 14, 2014
A BILL to designate the Interstate Route 81 bridges over Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County the “Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridges.”
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Patron– Deeds
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Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Buffalo Creek in Rockbridge County are hereby designated the “Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridges.” The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of these bridges. This designation shall not affect any other designation heretofore or hereafter applied to these bridges.

HOUSE BILL NO. 986
https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB986

Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled January 8, 2014
A BILL to designate the Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Maury River in Rockbridge County the “Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines Memorial Bridges.”
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Patrons– Cline and Austin
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Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Interstate Route 81 bridges over the Maury River in Rockbridge County are hereby designated the “Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines Memorial Bridges.” The Department of Transportation shall place and maintain appropriate markers indicating the designation of these bridges. This designation shall not affect any other designation heretofore or hereafter applied to these bridges.