An Interstate 81 bridge in Rockbridge County is being named in honor of a Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty in 1989.
A dedication ceremony for the Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridge will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Jerry L. Hines Readiness Center in Lexington.
The 48-year-old Hines was fatally shot on Feb. 20, 1989 during a traffic stop on I-81.
Here is the news release from Virginia State Police:
Virginia legislators, state and local law enforcement, the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Transportation, family and friends will gather Monday, July 14, 2014, in Lexington to ceremoniously dedicate a portion of Interstate 81 in memory of slain Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines. During the 2014 General Assembly session, Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ben Cline sponsored legislation to designate the I-81 bridge over the Maury River in Rockbridge County the Master Trooper Jerry L. Hines Memorial Bridge.
Hines, 48, was shot and killed at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Feb. 20, 1989, during the course of a traffic stop in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the I-64 interchange in Rockbridge County. Hines’ line-of-duty death occurred during an eight-hour rampage that started in Shenandoah County when Dennis W. Eaton, 32, of Mount Jackson, Va., killed a neighbor and a male friend of Eaton’s girlfriend. Following those shootings, Eaton stole his neighbor’s car and was traveling along I-81 when Hines initiated the traffic stop. After shooting Hines, Eaton and his girlfriend fled the scene. They were later spotted by a Salem police officer. A high-speed pursuit ensued and ended when Eaton crashed into a series of utility poles. Immediately following the crash, Eaton shot and killed his girlfriend, exchanged gunfire with the Salem police officers, and then wounded himself. Eaton was finally taken into custody.