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Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney

 
 
Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., January 23, 2008
1. Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker
Inscription.  
State Police
— In Memory of —
Jessica Jean Cheney
January 17th 1998
"What she lacked in experience, she made up for in hard work and spirit."
                              -E. Futrell
 
Erected 1998 by Heartland Sign Works.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1831.
 
Location. 38° 24.713′ N, 77° 24.745′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stafford Training School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stafford County Tri-Centennial (approx. ¾ mile away); In Honor of Those Who Served (approx. ¾ mile away); Charles Adams Bryan (approx. ¾ mile away); English Knot Garden (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lincoln Visit (approx. 0.8 miles away); From Indian Path to Highway (approx. 0.8 miles away); In Memory of the Virginia Tech Tragedy (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
 
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This marker, erected by a local business within days of Cheney's death, was the subject of controversy over the placing of memorial signs along Virginia's roadways. Virginia law dictates only signs erected by the Virginia Department of Transportation can be placed along state roads. In 1999, Del. William J. Howell (R-Stafford) introduced legislation to allow markers commemorating law enforcement officer or VDOT worker killed in the line of duty, which would allow this one to remain. That legislation was tabled, effectively keeping this marker illegal. However, VDOT workers avoid disturbing memorials such as this one, which has allowed it to remain to this day.

In February 1999, the Virginia Senate approved a bill renaming the Route 610 (Garrisonville Road) Bridge for Trooper Cheney, who died in the line of duty approximately 3.5 miles south of the bridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney. The Trooper Cheney page on The Officer Down Memorial Page. (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Trooper Cheney's Biography. Published in True Heroines: Police Women Killed in the Line of Duty Throughout the United States 1916 - 1999 by William Wilbanks; published by Turner Publishing Company. (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
In 1999, Jessica J. Cheney's name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers
Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., January 23, 2008
2. Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker
Memorial (West Wall, Panel 30, Line 22). The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is located on E Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, NW, in Washington, D.C.
    — Submitted January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., January 23, 2008
3. Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker
This is the general area where Trooper Cheney was struck and killed on January 17th, 1998, while stopping to direct traffic around an accident.
Trooper Jessica J Cheney Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., January 23, 2008
4. Trooper Jessica J Cheney Memorial Bridge
The Trooper Jessica J Cheney Memorial Bridge crosses over Interstate 95 at exit 143 (Garrisonville Road).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,285 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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