Stafford Memorial Wall Expanding
STAFFORD, Va. – What began as a memorial to honor to honor fallen law enforcement members will expand today.
Four new names will join those of fallen Fredericksburg Police Officer Todd Allen Barr who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2008, and Stafford County Sheriff Deputy Ford Tyson “Toby” Humphrey who was also shot and killed in the line of duty in 1980.
The names of John Garnett Sullivan, who was killed in 1956 while responding to a fire in Falmouth, David Benton Thompson, killed in Vietnam, and David Ashton Cloe, killed in an Air Force helicopter crash in North Dakota, will all be added to the memorial wall at Stafford High School.
The Stafford Indians Alumni Wall of Honor Memorial is a labor of love for 46-year-old truck driver Ben Marsh who had the wall dedicated in June 2011. It was expanded this year thanks to the help of an Eagle Scout.
“The idea for a memorial came up when I was attending Stafford High. Nothing was ever done, and last year on my classes 25th anniversary I went to [talk with] officials [at the school] because Todd Allen Bahr, an ‘86 grad had been killed in the line of duty with the Fredericksburg Police Department,” stated Marsh in an email.
Marsh also graduated from Stafford High School in 1986, and as Bahr’s parents and widow are still residents of Stafford County, he knew the high school would be the perfect place for a memorial.
“I knew that Todd wouldn’t want to be remembered alone so I got permission to include any former student who at least attended Stafford,” said Marsh.
The dedication ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s Lloyd Busch Stadium. A wreath will be laid at the wall, and the ceremony will be hosted by Stafford Commonwealth Attorney Eric Olsen with guest speaker Billie Shelton of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.