Trooper Bates & Lt. Cullen LODD Details.

Update 11/13/2017:

We are hosting a memorial fundraiser for the families of Virginia State Police Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates and Lieutenant Jay Cullen. They both gave their life in the line of duty on August 12, 2017 in a helicopter crash while supporting law enforcement operations related to protests in Charlottesville, VA.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, raffles, 50/50 drawing, and sales of memorial t-shirts and challenge coins.

The Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, Baffa Academy of Irish Dance & The Mashup Band will all be preforming live.

The fundraiser will be at Rosie Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant located at 1548 A E. Main St Richmond on January 6, 2018 from 5pm until 10pm. The alley behind the pub will be closed off and covered with heated tents. For more information check back here or our website located at If you can’t make it you can still donate to the families in our web-store All of the donations and proceeds from the event go to the families.


We have been asked by many what they can do for the families of Trooper Bates and Lieutenant Cullen. At this time the Virginia State Police Association is accepting donations in the names of the family. If you go to their website you can use their PayPal site and donate. If you do please make sure to put in the comment line which family you would like to support or if you would like it equally disbursed between the two. Their link is:
Also, we have a tab in our web-store ( for each family or you can use our PayPal link too. Again if you use PayPal please designate the family (or both) that you would like to support. The web-store tabs will automatically designate the family.
You can also mail checks to:
Virginia State Police Association
6944 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23225
As always, stay tuned for more ways to help the families.








Update 11/17/2017:

As part of the Bates / Cullen Memorial fundraiser we are PRE-SELLING memorial challenge coins and t-shirts. We will have a very limited supply of unisex (men’s) shirts and challenge coins at the event itself so order them before the event if you want to guarantee you get one. If you miss the pre-sale then they will be available first come first serve at the event. No exceptions. We will have youth, ladies and unisex (men’s) shirts available by PRE-SALE ONLY. Again, the day of the event we will ONLY have unisex shirts. The coin is in the shape of the aviation wings and is 3.5 inches from tip to tip, the center is roughly 1.5 inches in circumference. The shirts are navy blue with metallic silver writing.

You can pick them up in person (the person who placed the order, not a proxy) at the event or have them shipped. NOTHING will be mailed until AFTER the event on January 06, 2018. Shipping is $6 per order. Pre-orders for COINS MUST BE MADE BY DECEMBER 1ST. Pre-orders for SHIRTS MUST BE MADE BY DECEMBER 15TH. Order them today so you don’t loose out!!!

Both items are available for pre-order (shipping applies $6) at our webstore at: