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Virginia State Police gathering to remember fallen officers

A State Police honor guard carry the casket of Virginia State Police police office Chad P. Dermyer is taken out of the Liberty Baptist Church following a memorial service Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Hampton, Va.  Dermyer was killed in the line of...
A State Police honor guard carry the casket of Virginia State Police police office Chad P. Dermyer is taken out of the Liberty Baptist Church following a memorial service Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Hampton, Va. Dermyer was killed in the line of... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police and their families are preparing to gather to remember law enforcement officials who have died.

State Police are holding their annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Thursday.

This year's ceremony will honor the lives of Troopers Nathan-Michael W. Smith and Chad P. Dermyer.

Smith died in 2015 after his car crashed in Prince George County when he was responding to a fatal crash scene. Dermyer was shot and killed in March at a Richmond bus station.

State police will unveil a portrait of Smith that will be hung in the Col. C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery at the Virginia State Police Academy.

The ceremony will also recognize dozens of other state law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

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