Mercer County lawman’s sacrifice honored 84 years later

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Eighty-four years after a Mercer County lawman was murdered, his sacrifice is memorized with a bridge dedication along I-77.

Mercer County Constable Joe H. Davidson was shot and killed by two larceny suspects on October 9, 1934 in the Gardner area. His badge, scuffed and twisted by a bullet during the violent event, reminds us of the dangers law enforcement officers face each and every day.

It’s especially meaningful to Constable Davidson’s great-grandson Joe Bowling, a trooper with the Virginia State Police.

“There are still people in this world that are willing to give their whole life, eternal sacrifice for the betterment of the who human race,” says Master Trooper Joe Bowling.

The “Davidson Memorial Bridge” is located at Exit 14.


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