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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SU will live stream Officer’s service tomorrow 2/9

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A social media post from Shenandoah University (SU) announced that Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall will be open to all tomorrow Feb. 9.

This is for all to view the livestream of the joint memorial service of former SU employee J.J. Jefferson and John Painter.

The service will honor the two Officers shot in the line of duty at Bridgewater College.

The service is also open to the public at James Madison University (JMU) according to a social post.

The service will be held at JMU’S Atlantic Union Bank Center tomorrow Feb. 9 starting at 11 a.m..

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Arrangements and funds are made for Officers Painter and Jefferson

A social media post from Bridgewater College announced the arrangements for the two officers shot and killed on campus Tues. Feb. 1.

Visitation for Campus Police Officer John Painter will be open to the public today Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

The visitation for Officer J.J. Jefferson’s is a private affair for family and friends.

Memorial Services for both officers are open to the public Wednesday at 11 a.m. at James Madison University Union Bank Center.

Bridgewater College has established the John Painter and J.J. Jefferson memorial student support fund.

The fund will be held in perpetuity to honor the college officers.

The specific uses of the fund will be finalized after consultation with members of the Bridgewater College Campus Police Department.

Donations to the fund can be made at the school’s website Bridgewater College. edu.

Shenandoah University (SU) has also established a fund in honor of J.J. Jefferson who was a former employee of the school.

That fund will support students studying criminal justice at SU.

Donations to that fund can be made at advancement.su.edu.

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Bridgewater brings fallen heroes home

A town of Grottoes and Bridgewater College social post confirm that the two officers killed Tues. Feb. 1 at the school were taken to the funeral home yesterday Feb. 3.

Grottoes Police Chief Jason Sullivan led the procession that brought retired Grottoes Police Chief and former Bridgewater College Officer John Painter to the funeral home.

Former Shenandoah University and Bridgewater Security Officer J.J. Jefferson was in the same caravan.

Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders and Citizens paid their respects to the fallen Officers by lining the procession route from Roanoke to Harrisonburg.

Where funeral services for the two Officers are still being planned a memorial fund has been planned in their honor.

Bridgewater College confirmed in their social post that they have established a formal memorial fund in the men’s honor.

The school’s Police Department will announce what will happen with the funds once they confer on the subject.

All activities at Bridgewater College have been cancelled until at least Mon. Feb. 7.

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SU, BC and Grottoes mourn the loss of fallen heroes

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Social post from Shenandoah University, Bridgewater College and town of Grottoes shows support for the two fallen officers in Tues. Feb. 1’s shooting at Bridgewater College.

SU posted that J. J. Jefferson was an employee of the school from 2012 to 2018 winning a Wilkins Award back in 2017.

Grottoes mourns the loss of it’s former Police Chief in John Painter.

ABC news reports their assailant made his first court appearance yesterday with his lawyer asking that he be mentally evaluated before his next court appearance Feb. 16.

The suspect in the shooting according to ABC is a former track and field athlete for Bridgewater as well as a college dropout.

The former student has in the past had problems at the school before the shooting incident according to ABC news.

Bridgewater College has suspended all school activities including classes until at least Feb. 7.

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Yesterday’s 2/1 incident at Bridgewater College

ABC news reports that two Officers died from their injuries at Bridgewater College yesterday.

Authorities were notified of an unauthorized person on the Bridgewater College Campus yesterday.

Campus police officer John Painter and Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson responded and were shot and killed by that person.

The school was placed under shelter in place orders with the suspect arrested shortly after.

Authorities have indentified the assailant as 27 year old Alexander Wyatt Campbell of Ashland Virginia.

No motive for his actions has been determined as the investigation continues.

Campbell faces a number of charges and is held without bond at Rockingham County jail.

Sympathies, condolences, thoughts and prayers have been posted by agencies across the region for the families of the officers as well as for Bridgewater College.

President Biden called the incident sickening adding that violence against law enforcement must end.

Governor Youngkin has order both state and national flags at half staff in honor of Officer John Painter and J. J. Jefferson.

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