Memorial Placed at Scene of Fallen Virginia Tech Officer
Blacksburg, VA - A year after a shooting that killed a Virginia Tech police officer, Deriek Crouse was remembered, and a permanent memorial were placed at the scene of the shooting.
Around a hundred students, faculty, and fellow first responders came out to honor Officer Crouse. And now at the scene of the tragedy will forever sit a stone to remember the fallen officer.
"In memory of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse Killed in the Line of Duty December 8th, 2011, Dedicated December 8th 2012," said Chief Wendell Flinchum, as he read the engraving on the stone.
One year later, family, friends, colleagues, and the Virginia Tech Community gathered in the very spot where Officer Deriek Crouse was killed.
"I think it's important to show the family and also our officers that we're not going to forget Deriek. I think it is important to have a permanent memorial in place," said Flinchum.
The memorial made of Hokie Stone offers a place that forever serves as a reminder of the life and legacy of Officer Crouse.
Officer Kendrah Cline was one of the last to see Officer Crouse that morning in 2011.
"Everywhere I go I remember him, and very grateful for the things that he taught me, through his life and through his death," said Cline.
Stories were told about the life he lived, and the lessons learned from the fallen hero.
"We were all extremely proud to have worked alongside Deriek, and to have known him personally. Deriek Crouse will never be forgotten and I sincerely hope that brings your all some comfort," said Cline.
Flinchum says the community has helped the police department make it through the hard times.
"Thank You, from the bottom of our hearts, the support that we have received really has helped us get through this," said Flinchum.
After the service the Crouse family was invited to a private luncheon with others in the Virginia Tech Community that Officer Deriek Crouse served so faithfully.