After the sudden death of Loudoun School Resource Officer and Deputy First Class Justin Payne, the Police Benevolent Foundation and the Virginia Division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association have set up memorial fund.
All donations to the fund are tax-deductible, and all of the money will go to the Payne family, according to the foundation. Donations can be made on the Police Benevolent Foundation’s website, pbfi.org.
“Justin Payne was a close friend, a loved and trusted member of his agency having served as a patrol deputy, a SWAT Operator, and most recently as a School Resource Officer,” stated Loudoun County Chapter President Sean Dikeman. “Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to the family of Deputy Payne during this difficult time. We are now calling on the community to step up and help the family in this time of need. Justin is a true hero who dedicated 14 years to the safety and security to the citizens and children of Loudoun County.”
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Payne was the School Resource Officer at John Champe High School, and was scheduled to serve as SRO at Independence High School when it opens this fall. He began his career with the sheriff’s office in April 2005 as a patrol deputy and had also served as SRO at Sterling Middle School and as a member of the department’s SWAT Team and Rapid Response Unit.
Payne died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 6. He is survived by his wife, Erica, and his daughter, Addison.