Local Troopers Remember Trooper Junius Walker's Life

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Trooper Junius Walker was a 40 year veteran of the State Police and now other troopers are remembering his life.

Walker was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Dinwiddie county.

First Sargeant Scott Vanlear said that many of the officers he works with knew Trooper Walker.

Vanlear said that losing your life is a risk that is hard on families who have loved ones working in it.

When asked about responding to difficult calls, troopers are trained extensively through officer safety courses.

Reacting to any call depends on that training and also using judgement when you get there.

To remember Trooper Walker, they are wearing badges with a black ribbon to remember the lost life right now.

State police will wear those until he is laid to rest.

Vanlear said State Police are a close knit family and they go on various special assignments together.

"Practically everyone of our troopers has at one time met with Trooper Walker and will have some type of interaction and close feelings. So we are truly in mourning and that takes a heavy toll," Vanlear said.

First Sargeant Vanlear said it is their duty to serve the public and emotions aside, he said they will focus on their duties.

The risk that comes with serving is something Vanlear said becomes second nature, because you can't live your life in fear.

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