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Trooper II Jessica Jean Cheney

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, January 17, 1998

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Reflections for Trooper II Jessica Jean Cheney


Reading your reflections has put a lump in my throat. So many heartfelt and sincere comments about a wonderfull person.

Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney, Rest in Peace.
Gone but never EVER forgotten.

SC Brad Taylor
Metropolitan Police (London)

January 17, 2007

NEVER forgotten, always honored.

Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 17, 2007

Dear Jessica,

It has been nine years since God decided that he wanted you to transfer to his duty post. I know you are doing an excellent job, but it is so hard for us who were left behind. I can not tell you how much I miss you and the day off we would spend together each month. I have a hard time at Virginia Beach and still have not gotten back to the Smithsonian. I am not up to that yet, but soon I will go back.

We have met so many new people through COPS and other organizations since you left us. We can cope a little better but I would rather have you here. Dad is living a day at a time. He is heartbroken since you left just like Romaine and me.

We have a new Great Dane. Her name is Petunia. She is 14 months old now and has Dad wrapped around her paw. Just like you, Romaine and Gavin.

Just wanted to let you know that we still have a big hole in our hearts and it will mend when we meet again.

I love and miss you so much.


Dispatcher Supervisor, Sue A. Cheney
Virginia State Police

January 17, 2007

Hi Jessica...

Just a brief note from a serving Irish Police Officer, who like all those who wear the 'blue' does ones best to serve their Communities...

I see you passed that with Honors...

I have also been to DC in May 2004 and 2005, where I bumped into your Sister, saw your name on the Memorial and said some prayers for you and more importantly - YOUR FAMILY..because like YOU, It's THEY who are more important to me...I suppose it's just a 'streak' Police Officers possess..

You, watch over your Family, Colleagues and Friends....

and....if you bump into a Good Looking Irish Guy called
GARDA DAVID DOWD-e.o.w. 2-19-89, from Ireland, tell him.... I'm still fighting to ensure that he - like you, will never be forgotten...

Till we meet again...


Michael Duffy - Police Officer
An Garda Siochana-Ireland's Police Force

January 9, 2007

Hey girl, it is hard to believe that you have been gone for so long. I will never forget the good times we had at the Academy nor the bad (I hope you are still laughing about our last night before graduation), because I am.! I have pasted your resting place so many times on duty and off that I speak to you on a regular basis. I wish you could have been here to meet Hailey and Jackson, I know they would love to hang out with you. Please watch over us in our travels. Until we meet again,

VSP; Academy roommates

December 28, 2006

During this time of year I celebrate the birth of a Saviour and yet we mourn the loss of this saviour. My Saviour made the ultimate sacrifice to pay a debt He did not owe because I owed a debt I could not pay. This saviour paid the ultimate sacrifice for her community. My Saviour lives and this saviour, too, shall live again. Rest In Peace.

D. Paul, Special Agent

December 19, 2006

Mam, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9.

We have your watch. Rest in peace.

Master Officer T.D. Morton
Chesterfield, Va.

November 25, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving girl!! I know you'll be with us in spirit but I wish you were here, eating up all the turkey & then looking for more. Miss you & love you more and more each day.


Romaine Cheney
Sister, VA Tpr. Jessica J. Cheney

November 22, 2006

You have not been forgotten and are a true hero. My thoughts are with your loved ones as I know what they feel each and every day without you here. Keep watch over them and those individuals still out on patrol guarding the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW; 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

October 5, 2006

Dearest Jessica,

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 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

Darlene 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.

Connie Barker
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.

P. Bertollo
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..

M.A. Roulley

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!!

Love you!!!


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

Hey Jess,
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

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.

Kevin Cannon
Brother of Keith Cannon EOW 5/4/05

October 4, 2005

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