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Offered January 27, 2003
On the death of Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick.

Patrons-- Sears, Albo, Athey, Barlow, Black, Bloxom, Bolvin, Brink, Broman, Bryant, Byron, Callahan, Cole, Cosgrove, Councill, Cox, Devolites, Dillard, Drake, Dudley, Gear, Griffith, Hall, Hamilton, Hugo, Ingram, Janis, Joannou, Johnson, Jones, S.C., Landes, Lingamfelter, Marrs, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., May, McDougle, McQuigg, Morgan, Nixon, Nutter, O'Bannon, Oder, Orrock, Petersen, Phillips, Pollard, Purkey, Putney, Rapp, Reese, Reid, Rollison, Rust, Scott, Sherwood, Stump, Suit, Tata, Thomas, Van Yahres, Wardrup, Ware, Watts, Weatherholtz, Welch and Wright; Senators: Hawkins, Martin, Miller, K.G., Norment, Stolle and Trumbo

WHEREAS, Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick, a Norfolk police officer, died in the line of duty on January 16, 2003, the first female officer from Norfolk to die on duty; and

WHEREAS, Officer Herring-Patrick died while responding to an early-morning shooting at a sports bar and grill in Norfolk's Brambleton section; and

WHEREAS, Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick was a veteran of nearly 10 years of service with the Detroit Police Department, where she earned five departmental citations and demonstrated the qualities that made her an exceptional police officer; and

WHEREAS, Officer Herring-Patrick joined the Norfolk Police Department in February 2002 and graduated from the police academy in August 2002; and

WHEREAS, Officer Herring-Patrick quickly earned a reputation as an excellent police officer—firm, energetic, positive, helpful, and professional; and

WHEREAS, a courageous, experienced, thoughtful, and authoritative police officer, Sheila Herring-Patrick leaves a lasting legacy of service to her profession and the community; and

WHEREAS, the death of Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick is a reminder of the hazards faced daily by the brave and dedicated men and women of the Commonwealth's law-enforcement agencies; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the untimely loss of an exceptional public servant, Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Officer Sheila Herring-Patrick as an expression of the esteem in which her memory is held by the members of the General Assembly.

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