RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A group of baseball moms from James River High School, along with Virginia State Police, held the first ever First Responder Festival.

It was inspired by the death of Trooper Chad Dermyer, who was killed at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond last March.

Today, former high school baseball players volunteered to play at the festival to honor our local first responders.

“It means so much not just for State Police but first responders everywhere to know that our communities are so supportive that they would come out and make this kind of effort event to show their support and appreciation for what we do,” said Wayne Huggins, executive director of Virginia State Police Association.

Money raised goes to the Virginia State Police Emergency Relief Fund.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to