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Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Reflections for Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates

Avenue of the Fallen
Standing at attention in their class “A “uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.
Officer Jim Weaver (#11452) Los Angeles Police Department retired

Retired Elected Sheriff, Jim Weaver
Jerome County Sheriff Office, Jerome, Idaho

August 13, 2017

Very sad day for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the whole nation. May Jesus comfort these two grieving families. May their sacrifice never be lost in political rhetoric.

Retired Detective Victor Kennedy
Montgomery County, Maryland Police

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace Trooper Bates!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

August 13, 2017

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Trooper Pilot Berke M. M. Bates and the extended law enforcement family of the Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

August 13, 2017

Rest in Peace Trooper Bates. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bates Family and the Virginia State Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

August 13, 2017

RIP, prayers for the families.

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Martin Co. Sheriff's Office

August 13, 2017

Saludo Formal Agte, M. Bates, Gracias por su servicio descanse en Paz DIOS lo Bendiga a usted , a su familia y compañeros acá en Puerto Rico, les apreciamos Hermanos en Azul.

Agte. Armando Maldonado
Policia de Puerto Rico

August 13, 2017

Final Salute Trooper Bates, thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

August 13, 2017

God bless Trooper Bates, his family and the VSP. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. To Trooper Bates' family, know that he is in God's kingdom welcomed as a peacemaker.

34 years in LE

August 13, 2017

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.

August 13, 2017

Rest in peace Trooper. God's speed brother. Thank you for your service.


August 13, 2017

Rest with God Trooper Bates. Your dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

August 13, 2017



August 13, 2017

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno- Honor Guard Member
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

August 13, 2017

Rest In Peace...

Syracuse Police Dept, NY

August 13, 2017

Virginia State Police is a premier law enforcement agency that has assisted my department on numerous occasions. Trooper Bates, your Watch has Ended. We have it from here. Rest in Peace.

Lieutenant Bernard Flint
DoD Police Division

August 13, 2017

Trooper Berke, I pray for the eternal repose of your soul in the loving arms of our God. May He bring consolation to your family and may He immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy.

Jess Espinosa

August 13, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family, friends and department of Trooper Bates. May you rest in peace an know you will never be forgotten.

Chief (Retired)
Kings Island Police Dept. (OH)

August 13, 2017

Thank you sir for your service,

Lieutenant Shawn Brown
Johnson County Sheriffs Office

August 13, 2017

RIP fellow Trooper Bates. Thank you for your dedicated service and sacrifice to the Virginia State Police. May God be with your Family and all LE.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

August 13, 2017

Rest In Peace

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

August 13, 2017

Still can't believe this news. I will forever remember the times working here with you in Troop L Lake Worth for the Florida Highway Patrol both on and off duty. I will cherish the last time we saw each other in person on my way home from my Christmas vacation this year when we had lunch together with our kids. You were a zone partner, friend and most importantly a brother. You were the best of the best. Rest easy my brother we have the watch from here. I love and miss you brother and thank you for having had my 6. Heaven gained a angel today.

Master Trooper Ronald Logan
Florida Highway Patrol/Brother in blue and friend

August 13, 2017



Ret. TFC. Theresa Medcalf
Ga. State Patrol

August 13, 2017

God Bless you, your family and friends brother. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You'll always be remembered. Rest easy brother.

DHS ICE Fugitive Operations Taskforce

August 13, 2017

Dezr Lord,
Protect the families of these valient men.
Both were serving to protect what is right.
Your loss is huge to all of us.
Rest Well.

Darlene Evans
Citizen that is sad

August 13, 2017

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