Trooper II Jessica Jean Cheney

Trooper II Jessica Jean Cheney

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, January 17, 1998

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Jessica Jean Cheney

Trooper Jessica Cheney was killed while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on US Route 1, near State Route 630, in Stafford County.

She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time after undergoing surgery.

Trooper Cheney had served with the Virginia State Police as a trooper for two years. She had previously served as a dispatcher at Division I in Richmond, and was assigned to Division II following graduation from Trooper Basic School. She is survived by her parents and sister. Her mother was a dispatcher with the department, her father was a sworn member of the agency, and her sister served as a dispatcher with a neighboring police agency.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 980

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene, directing traffic

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I still feel so badly for this trooper's family. Being a Virginia State Trooper was what she wanted professionally and it seems that she had barely begun her career when she was taken. As a lifelong Virginia resident, I have always had the greatest respect for the Virginia State Police. As police departments go, they are the elite. Way back in 1977, I was ticketed by Trooper H. C. Davis, who would eventually rise to the exalted position of Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement. To say that I was impressed by his professional bearing and commanding presence would be an understatement. The entire agency and its members have maintained a lofty status in my mind and heart ever since. I would like to have known Trooper Cheney. She was good people.

Doug Massey
Virginia Citizen

March 13, 2020

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