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Outdoors show to honor slain WV troopers

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There's a saying when it comes to musky: it's the fish in 10,000 casts.

And many would say the same about fallen West Virginia State Trooper Eric Workman.

"You had to pull the brakes on him half the time," said Trooper Brian Young, who graduated from the State Police Academy with Workman. "If you were down or feeling slow, you'd get around him, and that was the spark plug to get you going."

Trooper Eric Workman is one of two officers who lost his life last summer after a fatal shooting in Clay County last summer. Trooper Workman and Cpl. Marshall Bailey were working a routine traffic stop in August when both were shot in the line of duty.

And now, the creator of the cable television program, "Fly Fish Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" is featuring that spark on his show.

"We don't want to call it a tribute, we want to call it a celebration of Eric's life," said Curtis Fleming, who grew up in Bridgeport, W.Va.

The episode airs on the Outdoor Channel during the week of January 20, but dozens of friends, family and troopers got a sneak peak inside the state culture center Friday evening.

In the episode, Fleming talks to Workman's close friends and family where the trooper grew up in Clay County. But Fleming also honored Workman's family during the premiere in Charleston.

"It's an honor to be able to do this for the Workman family and all the other families who have been through it," Fleming said. "To recognize Workman and all the families and first responders who have ever gone through this."

Young graduated with Workman in the State Police Academy and said the scenes he watched looked familiar.

"He had a house picked out that he was working on getting right on the river and that was our project," Young said.

Many said they're proud people across the country will now get the chance to see the best the Mountain State.

"What you see in Eric and his spirit is what we want people to see when they see a West Virginia State Trooper," said Maj. Greg Tincher, the WVSP chief of staff. "That's what we're all about."

A celebration for the people who loved him. And maybe a celebration for the man they're honoring.

"I just say there's more beautiful golden waters above to be fished," Fleming said. "And that's why God's taken him."

 

ORIGINAL STORY


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A murdered West Virginia trooper's passion of the outdoors is living on after him.

Trooper Eric Workman was remembered as an avid hunter and angler after he and Cpl. Marshall Bailey were gunned down in August. Workman was 26.

An upcoming episode of "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" is meant to honor both men while also paying tribute to Workman's love for the outdoors.

The Outdoor Channel program draws nearly 1 million viewers per episode and is now in its seventh season. The host, Fleming, is a West Virginia native.

Family of both slain troopers were expected to attend a special Friday screening of the episode at the West Virginia Culture Center. It will air nationally next week.

The state Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the program this season.

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