EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSREMEMBERING TROOPER WORKMAN
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Friends And Community Honor The Life Of Trooper Workman; Funeral Arrangements Announced
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 31, 2012 6:05 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 2, 2012 1:54 PM EDT
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
Funeral arrangements have been announced for a West Virginia State Trooper who died days after a shootout in Clay County.
Visitation for Trooper Eric Workman will be held at Clay County High School from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, according to First Sergeant Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police. A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
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"I thank God for getting to know Eric. He was a person worth getting to know," said Clay County Commissioner, Mike Pierson.
The precious life was taken too soon of a West Virginia State Trooper. Trooper Eric Workman died Friday night after clinging to life in critical condition for days.
Pierson says he knew Eric well. He says the young trooper had a warm heart and plenty to be proud of at 26 years old. "He was always mannerly and polite. You can tell that his parents did a good job raising him. And he was just a joy to be around with everything that he did," he said.
Since tragedy struck at the park and ride off the Wallback Exit on Tuesday night when police say Luke Baber shot and killed both Workman and Corporal Marshal Bailey, flowers, messages, and flags have been placed all around. And black ribbon symbolizes the community's appreciation and support for the fallen troopers.
Dreama Anderson lit a candle on Saturday afternoon at the memorial. While Amber Childers says she felt the need to stop by and offer her prayers for the trooper and his family. Dreama and Amber are from Clay. They say they wanted to show their appreciation for all men and women behind the badge.
"You just don't expect this to happen in your hometown. I mean you hear it on the news and stuff but it just doesn't happen here. It's just so sad," said Anderson.
"It doesn't even seem real but it is. And the next few days are going to be the worst for everyone here," said Childers.
One thing is for sure, Trooper Eric Workman touched the lives and hearts of so many. And now the ones who loved him the most are left clinging to his memory and leaning on their faith.
"That's the thing that's helping get a lot of people through is their faith. And that one day we'll get to meet up again," said Pierson.
State Police have confirmed that a second trooper has died as a result of the shooting in Clay Tuesday night.
Trooper Workman was critically wounded on Tuesday when he and Corporal Marshall Lee Bailey were shot during a traffic stop off of the Wallback-Clay exit of I-79 in Roane County. Cpl. Bailey died at the scene.
According to a press release from the WV State Police, Tpr. Workman enlisted in the West Virginia State Police on January 10, 2011. He was assigned to the Grantsville Detachment upon graduating from the West Virginia State Police Academy and had been recently transferred to the Clay Detachment. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Trooper Workman's family would like to inform the public that he is an organ donor. It is the family's sincere hope that even in his death, his selfless service to others will continue by providing others an opportunity to live a fruitful life.
"Trooper Workman was an outstanding young man with a promising future. It is unfortunate his life was cut short by this senseless and cowardly act. Our prayers continue to be with his family and friends. I am overwhelmed by the support the West Virginia State Police family is receiving during this difficult time," Colonel Jay Smithers says in a press release.
"I met with Trooper Workman's family earlier this week, and I can honestly say without a doubt, West Virginia lost a very brave young man this afternoon. Joanne and I have held this family and the entire West Virginia State Police family in our prayers, and we will continue to pray for them in the days ahead. May God bless the men and women who wear the uniform and whose mission it is to protect us all," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says.
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