First Responders to be Memorialized in Richmond

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- On Monday, leaders with the Virginia Public Safety Foundation announced the public servants who will be honored on a memorial in Richmond.

Rockingham County Deputy John Rafter will be one of the 765 names displayed. Rafter was killed in 1983 while transporting a prisoner.

A civil clerk knew Rafter and was working the day he died. She was glad to see he will not be forgotten.

"People tend to forget as the years go by. They don't forget, but it gets put in the back burner and I think it's good for new officers coming in, you know, to make them realize, you know, what they do every day. The seriousness of it," said Rockingham County Civil Clerk Betty Coscia.

Three other first responders from our area will also be included in the memorial, which will be finished in 2013. Those other first responders will be William Davies from Grottoes, Manuel Trenary from Harrisonburg and Wayne Stoutamyer from Bridgewater.

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