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Governor McDonnell and VPSF announce initial roster of public safety heroes

December 18, 2012 | Virginia News

News Image Governor Robert F. McDonnell, in partnership with Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF), announced the initial roster of public safety heroes to be honored with their engraved name at the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial slated for construction at Capitol Square in Richmond in 2013.

The roster of 765 men and women who died in service to their communities as public safety officers is the result of nearly two years of research work under the leadership of a panel of professionals representative of every branch of public safety, appointed by Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker. The standard for inclusion at the memorial, as directed by the Public Safety Memorial Commission, is the Line of Duty Act (LODA) of 1972 with its subsequent amendments. Please note that cases still under investigation for LODA benefits (many 2011 and 2012 cases) are not included here. A determination on their eligibility is dependent on the LODA benefits determination.

The VACP encourages agency heads to review the list for correctness. Please review the attached as it relates to your department. You should sort the document at least three ways: department (example: Richmond Police Department), locality (City of Richmond), and last name (McMahon). Please e-mail any corrections to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Note that the memorial will be engraved with first, middle, and last names. There will be no locality, department, rank, or date of death listed. So, please pay particular attention to the accurate spelling of names.

If you have questions about the inclusion of a name here, please call Virginia Public Safety Foundation at 804-648-6299x1004.

If you believe a name is missing that should be included, please download the attached census form, complete it, and return it to VPSF per the instructions on the form. No census forms will be accepted without the signature of the agency chief.

LODD DATABASE (Excel sheet)


If you'd like to make a donation towards the construction of the memorial, please visit the Virginia Shield Founation web site. There, you can choose to associate your donation with one of four groups in a little fundraising competition: Law Enforcement (Police, Sheriff, Special Enforcement); Fire, Rescue & Emergency Personnel; Corrections; or National Guard.

Currently, approximately $800,000 has been raised towards the $2 million contruction cost.