CLAY, W.Va. -- The families of two slain West Virginia State Police troopers said the park and ride located near the Clay and Roane county line has become a site of healing.
Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman were fatally shot while performing a routine traffic stop there on Aug. 28, 2012.
The families gathered at the park and ride on Thursday as state officials dedicated the Wallback/Clay exit ramp off Interstate 79, the bridge leading over it and the connecting roadway to the fallen troopers.
Col. C.R. "Jay" Smithers and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also honored Bailey and Workman with a posthumous award, the State Police Cross, which was given to their families.
Bailey's brother, Justin, spoke at the ceremony and said his family is supporting each other as they mourn. The park and ride would always remind them to be thankful for the dedication of all law enforcement officers, he said. Bailey had been a member of the Clay County detachment for 17 years.
"It's only fitting that Marshall's name will forever be here in the community that he lived, loved and protected -- the people that he gave his life for," Justin Bailey said. "I know there will always be a special place in my heart for the people of Clay County and I know Marshall was proud to be one of them."
Rebecca King, Workman's sister, read a poem about heaven titled "Beyond." The poem is special to her and her family.
"Beyond the troubles we have faced, past the worries we have had and further than the eye can see, the land of hope will forever be," King said.
Smithers said Workman and Bailey's memory would never be forgotten. Their photos will hang permanently inside the State Police's Hall of Honor, he said.
"Each day, myself and many others working or visiting department headquarters pass through our Hall of Honor where Marshall and Eric's portraits are prominently displayed," Smithers said. "It serves as a constant reminder to all that pass through that justice in a civil society often comes at an enormous price."