PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Pittsylvania County leaders, community members, and law enforcement came together to dedicate two county bridges after two fallen troopers on Friday afternoon.

The bridges were named after Trooper Henry Murray Brooks Jr. and Trooper Henry Noel Harmon.

“Both of these men were greatly respected in their community and were hard-working troopers. Both men had conviction, both men had compassion, and most importantly, both men had integrity,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, superintendent of Virginia State Police. 

Harmon, who served as a Virginia state trooper out of Chatham, was shot in the back of the neck during an arrest of a drunk driver on Route 761 near Long Island in January 1960. This injury left him paralyzed until he passed away in 1995. The Harmon Memorial Bridge that is dedicated to him is located east of Chatham, according to county officials.

Meanwhile, Brooks was a Virginia state trooper out of Gretna in 1953. During a crash investigation, Brooks was on Highway 29 just south of Altavista when he was hit by another car that also smashed into the parked car and three others. Brooks was rushed to the hospital where he later died. County officials dedicated the Brooks Memorial Bridge to him in Hurt.

“These two State Troopers gave their lives serving and protecting the residents of Pittsylvania County, so it makes sense that we honor them with these markers that our residents will see frequently,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Vic Ingram. 

In July’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to dedicate a bridge to Deputy Sheriff J. Holland Thomas Sr., who was shot in 1952 and died four years later. That bridge is located in Chatham and crosses U.S. Highway 29.