VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The widow of slain Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer was surprised Friday morning with a Mother’s Day gift on the radio.
Z104’s “Z Morning Zoo” lured Michelle Dermyer into its Virginia Beach studios, with the help of her best friend, who emailed the station saying:
“My BFF & co-worker Michelle Dermyer and I listen to you every single day of our lives…” “… I want to do something that will make her smile, especially if it involved you guys! Is there something we can do? I want to make her feel like she still has us in this terrible time.”
Trooper Chad Dermyer was killed in the line of duty March 31 during a training exercise in Richmond. He is survived by his wife Michelle and two young children.
Friday morning, Nick, Ashley and Shaggy, hosts of the Z Morning Zoo, surprised Michelle with a morning of gifts for her and her family. The gifts included a makeover and $1,000 shopping spree, tickets and meet and greet passes to this summer's Jason Aldean concert in Virginia Beach, tickets and a VIP experience at a DC United soccer game and a trip to Miami to see Adele perform in concert.
Before joining Virginia State Police, Dermyer served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Mich., Police Department. Dermyer also served four years with the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Virginia State Police Association is accepting donations for the Dermyer family. Checks should be addressed to VSPA Emergency Relief Fund and with Trooper Dermyer in the “memo” line. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the VSPA at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23225.