• Lt. George Jackson, Virginia Tech police officer and Army veteran, posts watch over the casket of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse before his funeral on Dec. 12, at the Cassell Coliseum, on the Virginia Tech campus. Crouse's funeral was attended by soldiers from his unit and over 2,000 law enforcement personnel.

    Lt. George Jackson

    Lt. George Jackson, Virginia Tech police officer and Army veteran, posts watch over the casket of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse before his funeral on Dec. 12, at the Cassell Coliseum, on the Virginia Tech campus. Crouse's funeral was attended by...

  • Army Sgt. Danny Sweeney speaks at the funeral of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse saying, "Deriek earned the right to lead troops as a noncommissioned officer and always worked to be the best soldier that he could be. You could tell that he was one of the best that the Army could offer." Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer, was killed in the line of duty Dec. 8.

    Funeral of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse

    Army Sgt. Danny Sweeney speaks at the funeral of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse saying, "Deriek earned the right to lead troops as a noncommissioned officer and always worked to be the best soldier that he could be. You could tell that he was one of...

  • Soldiers from the 424th Transportation Company and Virginia Tech police officers carry the casket of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse out of the Cassell Coliseum at the conclusion of his funeral. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer, was killed in the line of duty Dec. 8.

    Funeral retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse

    Soldiers from the 424th Transportation Company and Virginia Tech police officers carry the casket of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse out of the Cassell Coliseum at the conclusion of his funeral. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer, was killed in...

  • Soldiers from the Fort Lee, Va. honor guard fold the flag of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer, who was killed on Dec. 8. The flag was presented to Crouse's son Dustin by U.S. Army Col. Brian Peterson.

    Fort Lee, Va. honor guard

    Soldiers from the Fort Lee, Va. honor guard fold the flag of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer, who was killed on Dec. 8. The flag was presented to Crouse's son Dustin by U.S. Army Col. Brian Peterson.

  • Col. Brian Peterson salutes the flag to be presented to the son of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 8.

    Col. Peterson Salutes

    Col. Brian Peterson salutes the flag to be presented to the son of retired Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 8.

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse, a Virginia Tech campus police officer, was fatally shot in the line of duty Dec. 8 during a routine traffic stop. Monday, family, friends, students, soldiers and over 2,000 law enforcement personnel gathered for a solemn funeral at the Cassell Coliseum on the Virginia Tech campus to honor Crouse's life of service.
As members of the military we must face the threat of losing a friend or fellow soldier, but it is never easy to say good-bye, no matter the circumstances.
With an emotional speech, friend and fellow 424th Transportation Company soldier, Sgt. Danny Sweeney, spoke at the funeral about his relationship with Crouse saying, "His unique personality definitely made him one of a kind and I know he would rather we celebrate his life today than mourn his passing, but that has proven to be difficult for me and many others."
As difficult as it may have been, no one was ordered to participate or told to say a final good-bye. Everyone who attended was there because it was understood that Crouse had given the ultimate sacrifice. The Army never leaves a fallen comrade and will always honor those who serve with respect and selfless service; especially soldiers like Crouse.
Col. Brian Peterson, 38th Regional Support Group commander and the officer in charge for the military funeral detail said, "I considered it an honor to recognize Deriek's honorable and faithful service."
A repeated theme throughout the funeral was service and that Crouse was someone who cared deeply about the soldiers under his command, the officers he worked with and the students of Virginia Tech.
Sweeney added, "Deriek earned the right to lead troops as a noncommissioned officer and always worked to be the best soldier that he could be. You could tell that he was one of the best that the Army could offer."
The final paragraph of the Noncommissioned Officer creed is, "I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders"
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Deriek Crouse lived those words throughout his Army career and carried them on as a Virginia Tech Police Officer and devoted father. Crouse is survived by his wife Tina, son Dustin, four stepsons, and parents Tony Crouse and Bonita Arnold.

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