Henrico community continues to pay their last respects to Officer Trey Sutton
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Henrico community continues to pay their last respects to 24-year-old Henrico Officer Trey Sutton.
Sutton was killed in a three-vehicle crash on March 30 that sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries. Henrico Police said the officers were coming from a service call when a Dodge pick-up, heading south on Chamberlayne Avenue, collided with the police cruiser heading west on Wilkinson Road.
Tuesday visitation was held at the Victory Tabernacle Church on Genito Road. The viewing was open to the public and drew out dozens of grieving community members in addition to several law enforcement agencies in the greater-Richmond area.
Dana Schrad is the executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Virginia. She says that state law enforcement agencies have a particularly close bond when it comes to supporting other agencies when officers are killed in the line of duty.
“We’ve had several really tragic deaths here in the first quarter of 2022 that have kind of rocked Virginia law enforcement. And to lose a young officer like Trey Sutton is really devastating, especially at the very beginning of his career,” Schrad said.
Schrad says it’s more important now than ever to make sure Sutton’s family, in addition to officers still grieving, are taken care of.
“We work very carefully and closely with agencies that have lost an officer to make sure that they are receiving grief counseling and trauma counseling for the officers who are dealing with the loss of a fellow officer,” Schrad said.
Schrad says the families of officers who have died or been severely injured in the line of duty are able to take advantage of the Virginia Line of Duty Act, which benefits supported by the state government to make sure those families get the support they need.
“Those benefits are not released that quickly, so it’s one of the reasons why we have fund drives. We have the Henrico Police Foundation that’s raising funds for the families of Trey Sutton and Greg Petrohovich,” Schrad said.
To honor his memory, Henrico police and Sutton’s family have planned events to honor a man they said was dedicated to service:
- A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 11 a.m at the Victory Tabernacle Church. The service is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
- Officer Sutton will be interred at Merchants Hope Memorial Garden in Prince George after the service. It is 45 minutes away, and carpooling is encouraged as it is also open to the public.
Following the service at Victory Tabernacle Church, Chesterfield police said drivers should expect delays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for the procession in a few areas.
Sutton, who joined Henrico police in June 2021, graduated from the police academy in February and was training in the department’s patrol bureau at the time of the crash.
A prayer vigil was held in his honor on Monday night. Close friends, families, and fellow officers told stories of Officer Sutton’s life.
He is described as a kind and confident man who dedicated his life to serving others.
Officer Greg Petrohovich was also seriously injured in the crash and is still recovering. The Henrico Police Foundation (HPF) is prepared to accept and distribute donations made on behalf of Officer Sutton or Officer Petrohovich.
The memorial service will also be live-streamed on the county’s YouTube page.
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