Streets named for VBPD officers killed in helicopter crash 43 years ago

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVE) — Two Virginia Beach police officers who were killed in the line of duty more than 40 years ago will now be forever remembered in the city they served.

On Thursday morning, the Virginia Beach Police Foundation officially dedicated Jimmy Mobley Way and Bill Black Court in the new Kingston Estates neighborhood in Punga.

According to the foundation’s website, Detective Jimmy Mobley and Officer William Black were killed on July 11, 1979, when their department’s helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean between Croatan and Dam Neck.

At the time the accident occurred, they were guiding the rescue boat to the location of the emergency boat using a searchlight.

Former Virginia Beach Police Chief Jake Jaycox said the foundation has been working for several years to name new streets after fallen officers.

“It’s a credit to the officers and it helps the developers because they don’t have to come up with a new name for the road,” Jackax said.

Carrie Woodward, Chesapeake Homes vice president of operations, said her company was happy to help.

“They approached us. We have three names of fallen officers in Kingston Estates and we love the idea,” Woodard said. The second officer is Officer George Starr, who died in 1991.

Steve Mobley, 47, was five years old when his father was killed. He and his mother beamed with pride after the current Virginia Beach Police helicopter flew past as they were shown the road sign.

“He was doing what he loved,” Mobley said. “He wasn’t, obviously, no one is going to die at 36. There’s no doubt about it, he really enjoyed being a police officer.”

Mobley hopes that anyone who sees the sign will remember the hard work that police officers do.

After the presentation, Chesapeake Homes donated $2,500 to the foundation.

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