Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: November 14, 2021
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Statement on Death of Officer Michael Chandler

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement on the death of Big Stone Gap police officer Michael Chandler.

“Pam and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Big Stone Gap police officer Michael Chandler, who was killed yesterday in the line of duty. Mike was a dedicated public servant, a devoted husband and father, and a trusted member of the Big Stone Gap community. Like law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth, he put his life on the line everyday in service to his fellow Virginians. And at only 29 years old, he made the ultimate sacrifice. 
“Please join me in sending prayers to his family, fellow officers, and all who loved him. I’m ordering Virginia flags be lowered on the day of his interment, in honor of Michael Chandler’s memory and sacrifice.”

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