Va. Tech Plans Memorial Service for Slain Officer

Deriek W. Crouse died Dec. 8, 2011

Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 1:18 PM EDT
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The funeral was held this afternoon for Officer Deriek Crouse, who was killed Thursday while making a routine traffic stop at Virginia Tech.

Julie Carey

The funeral was held this afternoon for Officer Deriek Crouse, who was killed Thursday while making a routine traffic stop at Virginia Tech.

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Virginia Tech will hold a memorial service for a slain university police officer on the first anniversary of his death.

The service for Deriek W. Crouse will be held at noon Saturday in the Coliseum Lot.

He died Dec. 8, 2011, when a student from nearby Radford University ambushed and fatally shot Crouse as he was working a traffic stop on the Blacksburg campus. The gunman killed himself shortly afterward.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Fllinchum are among the scheduled speakers for the memorial service.

A permanent memorial made of Hokie Stone will be dedicated at the end of the service.

Crouse, who was survived by his wife, Tina, and five children, was remembered during a service last year as a loving husband and father, dedicated public servant and a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He was an Army veteran who had served in Iraq. He joined the campus force six months after the 2007 massacre on the Tech campus that left 32 dead, including the gunman.

"I've come to tell you that Deriek's incredible bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said during last year's service.

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