There will be an escort tribute honoring Big Stone Gap Officer Michael Chandler on Monday, Nov. 15. First Responders including law enforcement, fire and EMS will escort Chandler back home from the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office to be with his family, friends and loved ones in Big Stone Gap. The escort is expected to begin at noon.
You can watch the procession below:
WATCH LIVE: Procession to honor Big Stone Gap Officer killed in the line of duty
WATCH LIVE: Procession to honor Big Stone Gap Officer killed in the line of dutyPosted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Monday, November 15, 2021
Virginia State Police say Chandler was called to a home around 4 a.m. Saturday to conduct a welfare check when he came into contact with at least one person and was shot. He died later that night around 7 p.m. from his injuries.
A Facebook post from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office reads:
“The escort will be led by Wise County Deputy Sheriff Natasha Smith Chandler, who is bringing her husband home. Tasha wants anyone who can come out to show their love and support by paying tribute along the way.
First Responders are encouraged to join the procession traveling 81 South, Rt. 19, 58 West through Coeburn, City of Norton, and US 23 South. First responders will also be stationed at bridge overpasses along the way.
Please continue to keep Officer Chandler’s family, friends, and fellow officers in your prayers during this difficult time.”
Monetary donations can be made to:
Deputy Natasha Chandler
c/o Wise County Sheriff’s Office
P.O. Box 916
Wise, VA 24293