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2019-5-9

STATE POLICE TO HONOR TROOPER LUCAS B. DOWELL DURING ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL SERVICE

RICHMOND – In advance of National Police Week, the men and women of the Virginia State Police and their families will gather together Thursday, May 9, 2019, to honor those public safety professionals who have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. During the 2019 Virginia State Police Officers’ Memorial Service, special recognition will be given to Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, 28, who lost his life Feb. 4, 2019 in Cumberland County. Virginia Senator Charles W. Carrico Sr., 40th District, will provide the ceremony’s keynote address.

A poignant part of the service will be the unveiling and dedication of Trooper Dowell’s portrait before his family and fellow troopers. Following the ceremony, Trooper Dowell’s portrait will be hung in the Colonel C.W. Woodson Jr. Memorial Gallery located within the Virginia State Police Academy. The gallery already holds the portraits of the state police’s other 65 courageous men and women who died in the line-of-duty while serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

On Feb. 4, 2019, Trooper Dowell was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force in his capacity as a member of the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division Tactical Team. The Tactical Team was executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road/Route 45, just north of the town limits of Farmville. The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence when an adult male inside the residence began firing at the Tactical Team and subsequently shot Trooper Dowell. The Tactical Team members returned fire, fatally wounding the male suspect. Trooper Dowell was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The service will recognize all of the Department’s law enforcement professionals who have died in the line of duty, to include a special tribute to the following 12 troopers in which 2019 marks a significant milestone:                

 5 Years: Sergeant J. Michael Phillippi (2014 – Henry Co.)

20 Years: Trooper Daniel Lee Williams (1999 – Cumberland Co.)

30 Years: Trooper Jerry Lynn Hines (1989 – Rockbridge Co.)

35 Years: Sergeant James LeRoy Biggs (1984 – Alleghany Co.)

35 Years: Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman (1984 – City of Manassas)

45 Years: Trooper James Read Hughes (1974 – Fairfax Co.)

65 Years: Trooper Robert Louis Loder, Jr. (1954 – Hanover Co.)

65 Years: Trooper Robert Fulton Giles (1954 – Wise Co.)

80 Years: Sergeant Clarence Lemuel Maynard (1939 – Washington Co.)

85 Years: Trooper Charles Bazil Bullock (1934 – Fairfax Co.)

90 Years: Inspector Curtis Lee Wood (1929 – James City Co.)

90 Years: Inspector Phillip C. Via (1929 – Waynesboro) *Year & Location of Death

Each tribute includes a single bell toll and an Honor Guard salute.

SVRMC Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

During National Women's Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 20th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, and is celebrated through May 18, 2019. Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) encourages all women to be as healthy as possible.

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

Anu Akinsanya, M.D., an OB-GYN with Southside Physicians Network (SPN) in Emporia, takes women’s health very seriously. According to the CDC, the number of births in the United States is the lowest it’s been in 30 years. The only age group that is increasing is those over 40. Dr. Akinsanya explains, “We’re seeing increasing incidence of chronic disease prevalence and high-risk pregnancies as our population ages.” She makes it her goal to always listen to her patients to catch any complications and make sure mothers understand the things they can control to have the best outcomes for their deliveries.

She not only takes care of moms but helps women through all stages of life. Services include but are not limited to HPV vaccines, PMS symptoms, contraception, menopause and cancer screenings. Learn more about how Dr. Akinsanya can help you with your pregnancy or ongoing care. Call 434-755-3414 to schedule an appointment. She sees patients at the SPN office located at 511 Belfield Drive, Emporia, VA 23847.

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