Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 13, 2013

I-79 bridge named for 2 slain W.Va. troopers


Associated Press

CLAY — An Interstate 79 bridge near the Clay and Roane county line has been named in honor of two slain West Virginia State Police troopers.

Media outlets report that state officials and the families of Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman attended a dedication ceremony on Thursday at the Wallback/Clay exit ramp.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state police Superintendent Col. C.R. “Jay” Smithers also honored the troopers posthumously with the State Police Cross award.

Workman and Bailey were shot Aug. 28, 2012, near the interstate exit by Luke Baber, who pulled a handgun hidden in his pants as he sat in the backseat of a cruiser. The Oak Hill man was later killed in a shootout with another officer.