There’s a simple message gracing billboards all across the country this year.
It’s a message recognizing police officers with the words, “the Dermyer family would like to thank you for what you do every day, Merry Christmas.”
Below the season’s greetings are the words, “in loving memory of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer.”
“It’s very bitter sweet,” said Michelle Dermyer, Chad’s wife. “Unfortunately on March 31st, 2016 I said goodby to my husband that morning and he never came home, so we need to thank them for what they do for us.”
Trooper Dermyer was shot while saving others.
“I just don’t think they get the appreciation and respect that they deserve and our family wants to do whatever we can to change that,” Michelle went on to say.
“It’s not just about Chad it’s about all of the other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.”