Jessica Jean CheneyVirginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Saturday, January 17, 1998
Reflections for Trooper II Jessica Jean Cheney
This is the first time that I am leaving a reflection about you. It has been 8-1/2 years since I have hugged you, exchanged kisses or told you (in person) that I love you. So many people have said so many nice things about you in this web site. They obviously never knew your practical joke side. I remember how you and Romaine with the Help of Jeannie and her girls embarrassed the living daylights out of me when you started singing "Happy Birthday" to me in a restaurant. It wasn't even close to my birthday.
Remember our lunch at the Smithsonian? I remember it all too well and miss our day trips. I have not been back to the Smithsonian since that day in December 1997. You scared the living daylights out of me when you got so excited over a pair of the Ruby Red Slippers from the Wizard of Oz. I have been back to Virginia Beach but not to the restaurant where you ate everything but the walls, since our trip there. It is hard to go some places without you. You saw everything a little different than the rest of us. You are the eternal optimist. In one of the reflections, someone said that you never had a harsh word about anyone, that is correct and your positive attitude has helped me through some rough spots since you were taken from us. I am sitting here writing this because I can not sleep. It is your 32nd birthday and I can not rub it in. That is so frustrating since you harrassed me on quite a few of my birthdays.
Your dad and sister are doing fine. Gavin, your nephew, has some of your characteristics but is not quite you. I think he should become a lawyer because he can argue anything.
I will never stop loving and missing you. A part of me was killed on the 17th of January but I will always cry and love you until we meet again.
By the way, I know you and Greg have been patrolling the streets of Heaven. Be sure to give your Uncle Russell and your Grandma Mellinger a birthday hug for us. The three of you have birthdays within a week of each other.
We miss you and will love you forever.
Dispatcher Supervisor Sue A. Cheney
Virginia State Police
September 15, 2006
I never met Jessica and never heard of her story until a few months ago when I met her wonderful sister Romaine! When I learned of the story, my heart completely melted. Because of you Jessica (and because of your sister passing the word!), I light a blue candle everynight in the front window of my house..to show how truly appreciative I am for all you and every other Officer do to keep my family and I safe. Everytime I hear of an officer, firefighter, emt, military personnel loosing life in the line of duty it completely throws me back. It really holds me down. Reading your reflections has called for a box of tissues, but has made me see just how infectious your smile was and how highly everyone who crossed your path thought of you. Even though I never met you, Im just as proud of you as your loving sister!! And regret you are someone I will never have the chance to meet. May you rest in peace :o) GODSPEED!
Friend of Jessica's Sister
May 9, 2006
Another Virginia officer was killed today. Don't know who yet, so don't know if I knew him (her?). I have been blessed over the years to work with many great young people who go on to LE careers. Jessica was the first one of "mine" to make the ultimate sacrifice. I pray she will be the last. She could always make anyone smile. I hope Romaine and Mr. & Mrs. Cheney are doing well. God Bless.
May 4, 2006
Trooper Cheney your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now . May you rest in peace Blue Angel. God Bless !!
SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee
March 17, 2006
Jessica, I met your parents at the Parents Retreat 2005. It was my first retreat as our son Mark Jones lost his life in the line of duty 2-27-05. Your parents are wonderful people and they are very proud of you and miss you very much. Your Dad and Mark's dad have the military in common. We struck up quite a friendship. If you can believe it, I got your Dad to "square dance." Really surprised your Mom. Having met your parents, I know that you were a wonderful, caring person. You are missed as much today-8 years later-as ever. Keep the streets of Heaven safe and find my boy-I know you will be good buddies.
Darlene Jones/mother of Cpl.Mark Jones
February 26, 2006
You are a hero. Rest in peace my sister in blue. May God bless your family.
State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables
February 15, 2006
I can't believe it's been 8 years now that you've been gone from us. Will I ever get to a day I don't think about, talk about or miss you terribly? You're still such a huge part of my life and I miss my best friend. I'm not sure people understand that the one person I depended on for talking about anything & everything, without judgment or repercussions, the person I can spend an entire day with in my pj's & not say a word but knows exactly what I'm thinking & feeling, almost before I do, the person I loved to get in trouble with and did, has been taken from me. The one person that was my sidekick my entire life... I hate this!!!
C. Romaine Cheney
Sister, VA Tpr. Jessica J. Cheney
January 18, 2006
Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you on this day, you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrific you gave all.
Say Hi to Clint for me tell him I still love him the most, you'll get a laugh out of him.
Mother of Clint Walker E.O.W. 1-14-04
January 17, 2006
I remember meeting Jessica in passing working auto crashes when I was with Fire and EMS in Stafford, Va. My wife and I miss Jessica still. We try to get up to the Nat'l Memorial each year. Jessica will be missed always. She was a good Trooper and a good EMT. The paramedic that took care of her was the best. She was in very good hands. God please take care of Jessica.
G. Kevin Kemp, NREMT-I
Florence County EMS
December 17, 2005
I still remember your dad sharing your letters with me when we were deployed those many years ago. Every time I visited your house, you and your sister always treated me as a member of your family, not just as one of "Daddys Navy friends". I was so pleased when you realized your dream of becoming a state trooper and deeply saddened by your tragic loss. I think of you often, especially around this time of year. Rest in peace.
USN(ret), Upper Saddle River NJ VFD
December 13, 2005
Jessica was one of the finest, nicest people I have had the privilage with whom to work. I wasn't able to see her blossom as I caught her earlier in life, but I can still see that smile and dedication. I never heard her have a harsh word for anyone and I never heard anyone have a harsh word for her. To all the family, God Bless..
December 9, 2005
Hey Sweet Girl,
Yet another birthday without you and as much as I love the people in my life, it's just not the same without you here. I miss you so much today!! One thing we both loved was birthdays and Christmas. I can still see your face when you gave me those Victorian Barbie's from Hallmark my last birthday with you. You were so proud to have gotten me something you knew I loved. I still cherish them!!
C. Romaine Cheney
Sister, VA Tpr. II Jessica J. Cheney
November 8, 2005
Almost everyday since moving here this summer, I drive out of Aquia and over the Jessica J. Cheney Memorial Bridge. I have been curious as to who the bridge was named in honor of, so today I finally looked it up. With tears in my eyes, I want to thank you for your service. My husband and son are both Marines, and my cousin's family are police, sherriffs, EMT's, firefighters, and nurses. My young cousin is a female patrol officer in Corona CA... Jessica would be about her age, only a little older. Very sad.. My best to your family... you will always love and miss her, but she will always be with you in your hearts.
Donella Spencer, Proud American Civilian
USMC wife and mother, Aquia/Stafford resident
October 27, 2005
It's me again. It's been a year since my last post. I stopped by the site again and saw all of the wonderful, heart-felt reflections that everyone has left. I drive by the cemetary every day on the way to work. On one hand it's sad, but on the other, everytime I drive by, I think about you, and then my thoughts turn to happier times. I can't help but smile when I think of all the good times. I hope that you can read all of these, and know how much you are missed by all.
P.S. - I know it's been a while ago, but, I remeber the dream, but I don't understand it. Still trying though.
October 25, 2005
Jay is still in our hearts.
I knew Jay as a little girl when her wonderful family first came into our lives. I flew back from the west coast to attend her H.S. graduation, she was close in age to my three girls. They spent quite a few holidays roaming the Newfoundland hills as kids, and later the Virginia back roads as teens.
I'll never forget Jay and Romaine "learning" to drive a stick shift on my 5.0 liter Capri. They almost destroyed that clutch! I thought Rich would never stop laughing, and Sue thought me a complete idiot because she knew what I was in for!
Our family camping trips and adventures are almost legendary, and Jay was always willing to do whatever her big sister and my raucus crew of girls wanted.
Jay was always so bold and sure of herself. This Marine and former Deputy Sheriff never doubted for a minute she would make a great trooper. She was tough when she needed to be.
Then that awful morning when Rich called me, bearing news of the unbearable. He told me of the one thing no loving parent ever wants to share, the terrible news of a child's passing...Jay was gone.
The red-eye flight to Virginia passed in a blur, delays, re-routing, lost luggage, me dressed in southern california casual. After a long sleepless night, Virginia greeted me with a dismal, bitterly cold day. It felt appropriate for the sad occassion that brought me back. I felt cold and bitter.
But after I landed, a trooper met me, and drove me to the funeral site. (Sue and Rich still thinking of others at such a time was amazing.)I'd missed the funeral service, but no one could miss the more than one thousand vehicles that marked the path to her resting place. I stood there and watched in silence as emergency vehicles of every stripe drove in to the cemetary. Finally, Rich and Sue drove up. Rich came over and asked me join them in the car as final arrangements were made. I was glad they did. We laughed a bit about my clothes, I felt self-conscious being dressed so casual, but Sue was more worried at how blue and numb I was from the cold.
Afterward, Rich and I had a few days to sort things out, reflect on the good old days, and do what men do at times like this.
We spoke of God and such, the assurance of Jay being in heaven was so very comforting. I cannot imagine the pain of someone having a godless world view and then losing a loved one. How empty that must feel.
Some years later, Rich and Sue attended my oldest daughter's wedding, and we still stay in touch. His family is so very special to us, they have all given so much to this nation and it's citizens. No one can ever say thank you enough.
Miss ya Jay! I hope the Marine guarding the gates of heaven saluted smartly when you came through! As John 3:16 promises and Jesus assures us, I'll be there with you some day.
Colonel Steven C. Morgan
USMC, ECSD, SRCSD
October 7, 2005
I met your sister at the Siblings Retreat almost a month ago and we talked about you and my brother, Keith. You two, of course, were the reasons why we were there. Your sister was very nice to me and talked about you a great deal. I believe she was one out of a handful that had lost a sister in the line of duty. She was very proud of you. She even wore shirts with the two of you on them. I really related to your sister because I saw that she had a lot of same types of memories that I had with my brother. We are both proud of you and Keith and know that you are smiling down on us from a better place. May you rest in peace until the day we meet in Heaven.
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05
October 4, 2005
Another summer has come to a end. I was just thinking of those long hot days we we all endured. How we all started looking forward to the fall and the holidays. I still reflect on Christmas of 97. When all of us were laying around laughing, smiling and talking about about our new careers. As the holidays approach I wanted you to know that you are still loved, missed and thought of in our daily lives.
Thank you for touching my life.
September 15, 2005
Just wanted to let you know you've been in my heart a lot lately. You're always there but you're in the front of my thoughts. I think I look at Gavin and see so much of your spirit there and have to wonder if you have a hand in who he is!!
Happy Easter in Heaven and give Greg a hug for me. I love you!!
Sister, VA Tpr. II Jessica J. Cheney
March 28, 2005
I feel that it is important that you know that you are lost, but not forgotten even when not personally known. You paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us. I'm sure you went to work every day with no regrets of being an officer. Although you have left us & your family, I'm sure that you've left many great memories behind for all. I'm sure you are dearly missed at this time of year near the Holidays & your birthday. I want to posthumously thank you for your great example.
Commonwealth of Virginia
January 19, 2005
Just wanted to thank you for the sacrifice you made while serving others. Your life touched so many, and I just wanted you to know that you will never be forgotten for the LIFE you lived. Your mom, dad and sister lost their world when you were taken from them. They miss you as much as ever.
Jess, I hope you saw the ornament I placed for you, Chris and my dad. I truly hope that you all are together all the time, just like you were on my Christmas tree. I'm sure that you all would be having a BALL together. Please give my dad a hug for me and tell him that I love him.
Thinking of you!
Valarie Bell Wright, Daughter of Ptl. Wi
and Friend of Romaine Cheney
January 17, 2005
You are not forgotten. Bless you for seving our state and nation. My God continue to bless your sister, parents, family and friends.
Chesterfield County Police Dept., Va.
January 17, 2005
By reading your reflections you were loved and respected. Please watch over your family. Continue your watch in heaven. Rest in peace my sister in blue.
December 26, 2004
Another birthday without you!! Honestly, I truly just don't understand how I can miss you more & more every day instead of feeling it get easier. I know you're with me in everything I do but I wish I could physically hug you and hear you tell me one more time you love me. You always loved birthdays & Christmas and made us feel so special when they came around and I miss that.
I love you & miss you more and more as time goes by.
Sibling, Tpr. II Jessica Jean Cheney
Virginia State Police, EOW 1-17-98
Sister of Tpr. II Jessica Jean Cheney
November 8, 2004
After almost 7 years, there is still rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about you. You were taken from us all way too soon. We all miss you. You are still making people smile. I remember the last time that I saw you. It was at the Fairgrounds at a Hank Williams Jr. concert. I wish I had known that it would have been the last time, I would have said so much more. But, I know that you knew I cared about you a lot. Sometimes I wish that I could go back to the PKD and JSR days. We all had such a good time. Keep watch over the rest of us, and know that we love and miss you very much. Until we meet again...DP
October 20, 2004
My dearest Jessica,
It will soon be 6 years since you've been taken from us and it's not any easier without you. Things are so crazy at times, the dynamics of our family still built by love but completely different, and one thing stays true, our love for you. It has taken me this long to learn how to deal without you in my life. If that's what you call it, dealing.
I finally went to the Siblings Retreat with COPS and I'm feeling you more and more in my heart and actions every day. Instead of concentrating on what I lost when I lost you, I'm learning to rejoice in your spirit that is still with me to let others see you as I see you. I hope I make you proud!!
Know that I never have a day that I don't think of you and wish you were here. Not that you probably don't hear me talking to you all the time. Did you see me getting that tattoo over my right shoulder in your honor?? Yes, you were worth that danged needle because now you're always with me too.
Love and miss you more than words can ever describe.
Your devoted sister
December 11, 2003
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