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Slain trooper’s family gives back to the community

The Gloucester family of fallen Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer has turned its grief over losing their beloved husband and father into the joy of giving back to the community which has given so much to them.

Since Dermyer was killed while on duty March 31 in Richmond, his family continues to speak of him each day and tries to live their lives according to his motto: “Be happy, humble and kind.”

One of the ways the family recently honored Dermyer’s life was by selling custom koozies adorned with his badge number, 756, and the hashtag “behappyhumbleandkind.” According to Dermyer’s wife, Michelle, the koozies were a big hit, raising $1,000. The family collectively decided to donate the proceeds to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society.

“We all love animals,” Michelle said. “Chad loved animals, too, and we just wanted to give back to the community that has done so much for us through all of this.”

Michelle said she remains...

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