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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) – A bridge will be named after the first black and female Virginia State Police trooper killed on duty.

The Interstate 395 bridge over South Glebe Road will be designated as the Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge in memory of the slain trooper, officials said. 

On August 16, 1988, 32-year-old Vernon stopped a vehicle along northbound I-395 when she was struck and killed by a commuter bus. The crash happened between the Shirlington and Glebe Road exits. 

Officials say she was the department’s 42nd death in the line of duty, but the first female and first black Virginia State Police trooper to be killed on duty. 

Vernon is survived by a sister, two brothers and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 
 
She joined the Virginia State Police in January 1984.  After graduating from the Academy in Richmond, officials said Vernon's first patrol assignment was in Northern Virginia where she remained for the next four years of her state police career. Before joining the state police, officials said she had also served her country in the U.S. Army.

Family and friends, joined by Virginia legislators, Arlington County officials, state and local law enforcement, and the Virginia Department of Transportation will host a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Arlington County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 307.

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