Grottoes honors their former Police Chief Painter

The town of Grottoes celebrated at the Chief Charlie’s Kid’s fish day led by the Grottoes Police Department with the announcement of the renaming and re-dedication of Mountain View Park.

The park will now be known as the John E. Painter Park in honor of Grottoes’ former Police Chief John E. Painter who served the town for 18 years as an Officer, Sergeant and Police Chief.

Chief Painter made the ultimate sacrifice with fellow Officer and friend J. J. Jefferson on February 1 defending Bridgewater College Campus from a gunman.

The Grottoes’ Town Council unanimously adopted the resolution to rename the park and honor Chief Painter in a special session.

Council members acknowledged that Chief Painter will forever live in their hearts and they  will continue his legacy in honor of his dutiful service to the Grottoes community.

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A run to honor two fallen officers happens tomorrow 3/11

Tomorrow Mar. 11 at 10 a.m. the Dynamic Duo Memorial run/journey will take place for fallen Bridgewater College Officers J.J. Jefferson and John Painter.

According to an announcement from the Grottoes Police Department the event will begin on 6th St. Grottoes Virginia.

The run, walk, starts at 6th St. and ends at the Bridgewater College Police Department an approximately 15 mile journey.

This is the path that Officer Painter took to Bridgewater College after leaving the Grottoes Police Department.

Runners, cyclist and walkers are invited with no required registration however you are asked to contact the Grottoes Police Department if you wish to participate.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department will escort participants and bring them back to the Grottoes Police Department at the end of the journey.

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