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

Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney

 
 
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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.
 
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.
 
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. mile away); In Honor of Those Who Served ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Charles Adams Bryan ( approx. 0.8 miles 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 September 11, 2001 ( approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
 
More about this marker. 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
Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 23, 2008
2. Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker
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 comments.
1. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
In 1999, Jessica J. Cheney's name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers 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.
   
Trooper Jessica Jean Cheney Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
— Submitted January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. Heroes
 
Trooper Jessica J Cheney Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
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. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,392 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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