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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

Trooper Cheney,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2023

I’m praying for your parents and coworkers. I’m sure you were happy to see Ro. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace.

Maxine, mother of
Deputy Josh Rutherford EOW 5/29/03

January 16, 2022

I was friends with Jessica. She came by our Rescue Station often to take breaks. She was a fine person.

Tim Sampson, Paramedic
Spotsylvania Fire & Rescue

August 11, 2021

Such a shame. No Law Enforcement or 1st Responder should go out that way. Hope her family finds peace.

Lt. Christopher K. Smith
Cabell County EMS

June 28, 2021

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

I’ve drove past your sign before multiple times and knew I had to know who you were. You seemed like such a kind and bright young soul. The entire state of Virginia will always have you in our hearts.

A. Chotikul

January 18, 2020

You are forever honored, never forgotten, always missed and loved by those family and friends who have an ache in the heart because of their longing to see you again.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
Mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater

January 17, 2020

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 17, 2019

As I drove past your memorial bridge I instantly googled your name to find out Why you were taken from us so early in life. You gave the ultimate sacrifice Trooper and I thank you for paving the way for other females in Law enforcement. Thank you for your service and dedication. May you Rest In Peace we have the watch from here. Peace to your family and friends.

Trooper Brianne Lesperance
New York State Police

July 21, 2018

I noted your name today as I drove past the sign marking your memorial. I'm sorry you didn't get to serve longer and enjoy a long career, family, and retirement. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you and your family.

Jeff Kerschner
Roanoke City Police, retired

July 17, 2018

My husband and I passed your memorial bridge during a trip. We just wanted to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. "In valor there is hope". We have the watch from here sister.

Ofc. D. Hart and Ofc. J. Hart

April 15, 2018

Rode past a bridge named after you, didn't know who you where so I googled your name.Way to young. I'm sure you would have accomplished so much.Thank you for your service and I know your helping to guard the gates in heaven ma am.

Homer Lester Hunt
Ironworker local 16

March 5, 2018

Thinking about you Jesse. Its been 20 years since we lost you and you are still a positive influence in my life.

Curtis Doss

Deputy C. Doss

January 15, 2018

Thinking about you Jesse. Its been 20 years since we lost you and you are still a positive influence in my life.

Curtis Doss

Deputy C. Doss

January 15, 2018

I miss your smile and your unrelenting Spirit of Service. Thanks for being a part of my life!

Chaplain Joel Meredith
Co. 4, SVFD

October 17, 2017

I drove by your memorial sign along Rt.1, and realized you were taken from us 19 years ago today. I still remember that night, and the phone call telling me I lost a friend. I miss that smile, and all the laughs we shared. Rest In Peace, I Miss You.

Craig Cain

January 17, 2017

J-bird, you were on my heart and mind last night. I remember all the good times we had growing up, Lord knows how much I miss you! I had in-service today and stopped by to look for your graduation picture to say hello and wish you well., . My regards to Sue Romaine, and your daddy. Rest well, you have earned your place in Heaven!!! With a heavy heart, the world is a lesser place with you not in it. Thanks Sue for all of your help.....


Sgt. M.T. Custalow

December 6, 2016


I was there that night, you relieved me. I was the last to speak to you, we joked about how you were too nice to be a cop. I still think of you often. It should have been me.

Curtis Doss
Former Stafford County SO

November 29, 2016


You were are a great midnight shift partner. I still remember the last night we worked together and laughing about dispatch calling out multiple Sasquatch sightings in Stafford county that night. I know you have been gone a long time, but for me the memories seem so fresh. I stopped in front of your name at the memorial in DC last night. I regret I was not with you that foggy morning. I wish I knew that 24 hours before you fell would be the last time we would see each other, maybe I would have said something more profound to you. I will never forget your beaming smile which always cut through the dark nights we worked together. Thank you. I miss you.

FBI Special Agent Jason Kaplan
shift partner

March 18, 2016

I was friends with Jessica. I was a Paramedic along I-95 in Spotsylvania Co. in the 90s. She often stopped into our station house to take a break from the road. She was always very kind, considerate and professional in every way. I still miss and think of her. May God save and keep her close to Him forever.

The Original Unit207 SCFR&ES

November 23, 2015


The last time I left a message for you here was back in 2012, some things have changed since then. I can't help but reflect on receiving your spirit award during the Junior Law Cadets ceremony in 2007. That day your mother wrote to you on here "I hope he returns to the road." I just wanted to let you know that I did just that. I started with the 120th Basic Session on June 24th 2013 and graduated December 20th 2013. Ever since I was was issued my blue and gray, the lapel pin that I received with your award with your badge number on it has been pinned to the sun visor over my seat in my police car and from now until I retire that's where it will be no matter how many different vehicles I have. Although I never knew or met you it's an honor for me to carry on the spirit of your service and sacrifice to this great Commonwealth. Take care of all our brothers and sisters in blue in heaven for here on earth you're never forgotten.

Trooper Ezell

September 11, 2015

Jess, its been a long time. I don't know what made me think of you today but here I am. I travel the 95 corridor a lot and each time I pass under "your" bridge I remember the good times we all had together at the park. I am honored to be able to call you a friend and I miss having you here. Love to your family and you won't be forgotten, ever!


May 29, 2015

Saw her name on her bridge memorial. Wondered who she was. So very sad. She must have been a wonderful women. My best to her family.

Lynn M. Anderson, private citizen

April 8, 2015

A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten. Jessica, although I never had the honor of meeting you, your parents and sister have become part of my family and I feel I know you through them. I know your smiling down on them and proud of all they have done in your honor and memory. Continue to keep a close watch on them.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

January 17, 2015

Trooper Jessica J Cheney - Now15 years since your EOW I remember like yesterday the day I met you when your were still in High School..I followed you through the eyes of your mother and father that I worked with. I remember talking with you just a few days after you entered the academy. You set your sights on becoming A Virginia State Trooper. You DID it..
May your memory shine bright for those who loved you. My prayers to your family.. Mom, Dad and Sister who have and are still serving.

Radio Tech Supervisor (Retired)
Virginia State Police

January 4, 2015

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