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VSP to Dedicate Helipad in Memory of Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates

April 18, 2018 | Virginia News

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. - The Virginia State Police will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates with a special ceremony Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Virginia State Police Headquarters in Chesterfield County. The Virginia State Police Aviation helicopter pad on the VSP Administrative campus will be dedicated and officially named in his honor.

Trooper-Pilot Bates, 40, was killed in a helicopter crash in Albemarle County on Aug. 12, 2017. Trooper-Pilot Bates and VSP Aviation Unit Commander, Lt. Jay Cullen, were flying in support of the state police response to the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville earlier that day.

Governor Ralph Northam and former Governor Terry McAuliffe will both be speaking at the dedication ceremony.

Media are welcome to attend the ceremony:

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: VSP Administrative Headquarters at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, Va.

News crews are to pull up to the main gate...the trooper stationed there will wave you through to the ceremony, which is behind the main HQ.