Jason Saunders Wreath Laying Ceremony in Campbell Co.

Campbell Co., VA It was a somber ceremony Thursday morning when Campbell County deputies remembered one of their own.

The sheriff held a memorial service for Jason Saunders, a Campbell County deputy killed in a car accident in 2007 while pursuing a suspected drunk driver.

Sheriff Steve Hutcherson said Saunders went above and beyond to serve his community, risking his own life to save others.

Former State Delegate Shannon Valentine was the guest speaker.

Saunder's parents accepted a US Flag on his behalf from a representative for Congressman Robert Hurt. They said the Campbell County Sheriff's Office has become like family in the six years since they lost their son.

"I know there isn't a thing he would have changed that night. He was on a mission. He was out to get the bad guys off the road. And I know he died doing what he loved to do, what he was dedicated for," said Peggy Saunders.

Saunders had been with the sheriff's office for three years.

The man he was chasing was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to second degree murder.


Campbell Co., VA - A memorial service is underway in Campbell County for a fallen deputy. The sheriff's office gathered outside of their building in Rustburg to honor Deputy Jason Saunders.

The service included laying a wreath at the memorial in his honor.

Saunders died in a high speed chase in April of 2007.

He had just turned 24 years old.

This memorial service is part of National Law Enforcement Memorial week.