Dec 17, 2017
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. -- The family of a slain Virginia state trooper is keeping his memory alive and thanking law enforcement across the country this holiday season.
Michelle Dermyer, Trooper Chad Dermyer's widow, posted on Facebook that a billboard thanking officers for their service will be displayed next Friday.
"As many of you may remember, my father-in-law had these billboards done last year. We were lucky enough to get them in a couple of states. Well, this year my father-in-law had a "Go big or go home idea" and was able to contact the CEO of Lamar advertising Sean Reilly and he has agreed to make these billboards go NATIONWIDE on Friday December 22," Michelle Dermyer wrote. "It is so important to our family that Chad's legacy continues, that he is NEVER forgotten and that law enforcement officers across this great nation knows that we appreciate everything they do for us."
The idea started last year when John Dermyer wanted to express his gratitude to law enforcement in his native Kansas City.
When he contacted Lamar Outdoor Advertising to ask about buying a billboard message, the company offered four digital billboards for free.
Company officials also decided to extend the message to Virginia where John Dermyer’s son Chad lived and worked.
The company also honored Dermyer on its digital billboards across the state after the tragedy.
“We’re honoring a hero on our digital billboards across Virginia,” Lamar Advertising posted on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of fallen Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer and the Virginia State Police.”
This year's message will appear on billboards across the country on Friday, Dec. 22.