State Police Chaplain Cpl. Jim Mitchell said the families' faith in God has provided them with the same strength and courage that guided Bailey and Workman, he said.
The two troopers were fatally shot by Luke Baber, 22, of Oak Hill, who pulled a concealed pistol out of his trousers after he had been arrested for reckless driving and cuffed with his hands in front of him. Baber was seated in the back seat of the troopers' cruiser at the Wallback park and ride.
Baber also shot and wounded tow truck driver William Frank Massey and then fled. Sheriff's deputies from Roane and Clay counties found him hiding near the park and ride and killed him in a shootout. Roane County Deputy John Westfall was wounded in that exchange.
Westfall and Massey were also at Thursday's naming ceremony. Massey said after the ceremony that he has become closer to both families since the tragedy.
"We will always remember that we lost two great men," Massey said. "More importantly than that we will remember that two families lost sons, a father, a grandfather and brothers."
Massey said it took two months after the shooting to return to work. He's still recovering from the gunshot wound, he said.
The ceremony ended with family members laying wreaths at the community memorial at the Interstate 79 underpass. People had left flowers, flags and wrote memorial messages on the underpass pillars following the shooting. The Division of Highways sealed the pillars with a protective sealant, making it permanent.
Workman, 26, of Ivydale, had been a trooper for less than a year before the fatal shooting. He'd been an accomplished fisherman and baseball player for West Virginia State University. Bailey, 42, of Poca, had two children and one grandson. Bailey loved to hunt and fish and always wanted to be a police officer.
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