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RICHMOND, Va. — The wife of a Virginia State Trooper posted a heartfelt message on Facebook hours after she returned home from the funeral of one of his colleagues —  fallen Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer.

Dermyer was shot and killed last week during a training exercise at at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond.

He was laid to rest Tuesday.

“As I go to bed tonight, I feel safe, loved, and blessed because [husband’s name redacted] is beside me and [child’s name redacted] is in the next room. I cannot help but to think of Michelle Dermyer, and know that she doesn’t have that same feeling tonight,” the trooper’s wife wrote. “Her children went to bed without hugs and kisses from their dad. She will attempt to go to bed, knowing that her life will never be the same, knowing that her husband will never come home, knowing that she will never get that kiss goodnight again.”

She went on to urge other people to take a moment to look at their lives and appreciate what they have

“You never know how fast it can all change,” she posted. “And if you pray, please say a prayer for the Dermyer family, both blood and blue.”

How to Help

The Virginia State Police Association is accepting donations for the Dermyer family. Checks should be addressed to VSPA Emergency Relief Fund and with Trooper Dermyer in the “memo” line. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the VSPA at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23225. (While a GoFundMe account has also been created, officials pointed out that the crowdfunding website takes a portion of proceeds generated. By donating to the VSPA, all of your donation will go to the family.)

Fundraiser Thursday

Additionally, a Central Virginia state trooper has organized a fundraiser for trooper Dermyer’s family.

The event will take place at the Riverbound Cafe at 8005 Creighton Parkway in Mechanicsville on Thursday, April 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The restaurant is located in the Kroger shopping center off Mechanicsville Turnpike.)

The cafe will donate 15-20 percent of all sales to Trooper Dermyer’s family. Additionally, a donation box out will be available for folks who would like to drop by to make a contribution.

“Bring your family, neighbors, and random people on the street and help us pack the tables to help support this family,” a Facebook post reads.