Amherst County administrators voted Tuesday night to name a bridge in the county after a state trooper killed in the line of duty.
Trooper Lucas Dowell was shot and killed on February 4. He was a tactical team member assisting with a search warrant. He worked out of Amherst County.
The vote Tuesday came after more than 2,000 people signed a petition. Steve Martin created the petition to have the bridge renamed.
He knew the trooper and felt compelled to get the bridge renamed after him.
Once he started it, he says the response was overwhelming. He ended up getting 2,194 signatures when his original goal was 1,000.
Martin says everyday police put their lives on the line and this was the least he could do.
“I don’t want anybody to forget what he did for us. So every day when people come into Ambriar area on 29 towards the high school, those signs will remind them what he did for us and they’ll always think about Lucas. Cause it’s all about Lucas, everything I did,” said Martin.
The bridge they voted to rename is located over U.S. 29 at the Ambriar exit near the Hardees.
The next step is to wait to hear back from the Commonwealth transportation board. After everything is finalized, then they can plan a dedication.