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Bridge Dedicated to Fallen State Trooper in Randolph County

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Trooper Brian Linn was killed in the line of duty in 2007 at the age of 25.

On Saturday the Shavers Fork Bridge on Route 33 near Bowden was renamed the Trooper Brian William Linn Memorial Bridge.

His family said the process of getting the bridge renamed was surprisingly easy.

"This was something we've been thinking about, but it really brings up a lot of emotions for the family so finally this year we went through with the process, and it was really relatively easy, I didn't have to do a lot," said Mary Snelson, Linn's mother.

The ceremony took place in front of the bridge, and friends and family of Trooper Linn gathered to celebrate.

Snelson said she hoped the ceremony would be a happy one.

"I wanted it to be upbeat, and I'm just delighted by the faces in the crowd today, some people really surprised me by their presence here. I think it was a happy ceremony, I know he's up there watching over us," said Snelson.

Linn's friend and former training officer, Michael Dickerson, said the dedication was long awaited.

"It was long overdue to recognize someone who meant a lot to me, but not only me, the citizens of West Virginia, the State Police, the citizens of this county as being one of their own," explained Dickerson, a Sergeant for the State Police.

Linn's mother said that all police officers do a dangerous job, and they need to be rewarded.

"Not just troopers but local and county law enforcement put their life on the line every day. They need to be compensated at the highest level possible. I just feel like I need to mention that today," Snelson explained.

You can find the Brian Linn Memorial Bridge on Route 33 just before Bowden in Randolph County.