EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSI-79 Bridge Dedicated In Honor Of Fallen Troopers
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
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Reported: Sep. 12, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 12, 2013 6:42 PM EDT
Wallback , Clay County , West Virginia
A bridge and a stretch of road near the Clay and Roane County line is renamed on Thursday in honor of two state troopers who were shot and killed during a traffic stop in August 2012.
"At first it was very difficult, now you still have the memories," says Frank Massey. Massey is the tow truck driver who was also shot that night. He says although it's been a year, the memories are still fresh.
"It's not going to go away anytime soon," he says.
He sat in the crowd as the I-79 bridge at the Wallback/Clay exit and the stretch of road near where he was shot are renamed in honor of Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. Their names are now a permanent reminder for all who pass by.
"Sometimes I feel that it's unfortunate that a tragedy has to happen to see these people recognized," says Dr. Justin Bailey, Cpl. Bailey's brother. He says he's not sure how his family would have gotten through the last year without the support from the community his brother grew to love.
"He really embraced this community, he just really liked the people here. He told me, more than once, that this were his type of people," said Dr. Bailey.
A tough journey for the families of the fallen troopers who were also presented with the State Police Cross, given to troopers killed in the line of duty under honorable circumstances.
"The troops, we stop by from time to time, when no one else is around but coming back out here for something like this, it's very fresh," says Cpl. Jim Mitchell. "They did what they did because it was a calling for them, people need to know that those two men were dedicated to them."
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday was scheduled to dedicate an Interstate 79 bridge and nearby roadway in honor of fallen West Virginia State Troopers Cpl. Marshal Lee Bailey and Eric Workman.
Joined by the troopers' families, members of the State Police and law enforcement community and state and local leaders, Tomblin and Col. C.R. "Jay" Smithers will posthumously award Bailey and Workman with the State Police Cross, according to a news release from Tomblin’s office.
The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wallback/Clay exit, exit 34, in Wallback.
The one-year anniversary of the shootings was marked in late August. The two troopers were shot while making a traffic stop at the exit. The man who shot the troopers, Luke Baber, was killed in a shootout with other officers. The area where the shooting occurred turned into a large makeshift memorial, honoring the officers.
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