(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E568]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                        HON. H. MORGAN GRIFFITH

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. GRIFFITH of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to send my 
thoughts and prayers to Virginia State Police Trooper James Lawson of 
Gate City, Virginia.
  On April 9, Trooper Lawson was injured during a high-speed pursuit in 
Scott County, sustaining a spinal cord injury. He was transported to 
Holsten Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. Trooper Lawson is now 
receiving treatment at Atlanta's Shepherd Center, which specializes in 
treatment and rehabilitation for people having sustained spinal cord or 
brain injuries.
  Trooper Lawson is a dedicated member of the Virginia State Police, 
having served in law enforcement for 18 years. He is also active in 
serving the area as a proud member of the Gate City Volunteer Fire 
Department. He is now Assistant Chief, serving in the Gate City 
Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16.
  Trooper Lawson is married to his wife Aimee, who is employed by the 
Scott County Sherriff's Department. He also has two children, Ashley 
and Trey. Trooper Lawson and his family are friends to many in the Gate 
City area, including members of my staff.
  Thank you, Trooper Lawson and Aimee, for your service to the 
Commonwealth of Virginia and the Gate City community. I think I speak 
on behalf of all Scott County residents in wishing Trooper Lawson the 
very best as he continues working to recover.