ATV Ride Held for Families of Fallen State Troopers

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

WALTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of people came ready to ride -- in solidarity with the families of two fallen West Virginia State Troopers.

Trooper Eric Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey were shot and killed in the line of duty by Luke Baber in late August. The Clay and Roane County communities are still reeling with grief --and a fundraiser Saturday afternoon allowed them to heal while helping.

Community members hauled their four-wheelers to Walton Saturday afternoon for a special benefit ride. Organizers say all proceeds will go directly to the families of Trooper Workman and Cpl. Bailey.

"We just want to come out and support them and help them to get over this...which they probably never will," rider Pat Parsons said.

His wife Karen agreed. "We'd like to do everything we can for them because it's such a sad situation," she said. "I believe that people getting together in the community and showing their support helps the family heal."

More than 100 riders registered to complete the 35-mile course through Roane and Kanawha Counties. Volunteer firefighters organized the ride.

"It'll always be in everybody's mind what happened," firefighter Ronnie Paxton said. "Eric Workman was a super nice guy and liked the outdoors. And [Cpl.] Bailey, he was a family man and had kids. So Clay took a real hard hit on those two gentlemen."

Organizers say the benefit will also help Roane County Deputy John Westfall and a tow truck driver who were injured in that shooting.

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