11 heroes to be honored at Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial


by 13News Now


Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

RICHMOND –Virginia Public Safety Foundation announced an additional 11 Virginia heroes to be honored at the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial upon its completion, including Deputy Sheriff Billy Ray Grimsley of Portsmouth.

Now totaling 843 names of men and women who have died in the line of duty, the roster will be engraved on the memorial when it is constructed at Capitol Square in Richmond this year.

The roster of 11 names released today is comprised of men killed in the line of duty in 2012 and 2013, as well as cases that were still being researched at the time of the release of the initial roster in December 2012 and three subsequent rosters released in March, May, and August 2013.

“Each time we update this roster of heroes, I am reminded of the importance of fulfilling our pledge to complete construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial this year,” said Paula Miller, VPSF President and Public Information Officer for Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. “Our hearts go out to the families of these men; we hope that they find some solace in our pledge to ensure their loved ones’ sacrifice is never forgotten.”

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List of most recent honorees:

William Armstrong        6/25/1847              
Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office                  

Nicholas Walsh           8/21/1854            
Richmond Department of Fire & EMS                  

John Minetree, Jr.       7/20/1881            
Petersburg Bureau of Police                                     

James L. Hodges          7/12/1932            
Virginia ABC                                                                    

Edward E. Carroll, Jr.   6/23/1967       
Richmond Department of Fire & EMS                  

Lawrence Edward Caracofe 6/21/1979    
Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department            

Andrew David Fox         10/5/2012          
Virginia State Police                                                    

Chris Yung               12/31/2012           
Prince William County Police Department       

Billy Ray Grimsley       2/4/2013           
Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office                                      

Joe Perkins              2/13/2013           
Danville Fire Department                                          

Junius A. Walker         3/7/2013            
Virginia State Police