More than 40 people packed Roma’s Italian Restaurant in Tappahannock on April 10 as the Tappahannock Rotary Club recognized State Trooper J.D. Stamper as the organization's “Citizen of the Year.” J.D. Stamper, with 25 years of service with the State Police, was presented with a plaque by Rotary Club nominating committee member Sony Terry for living Rotary’s motto of “Service above self in the community of Essex County, Virginia.”
“I want to thank the Rotary Club and everyone for coming out tonight,” said J D Stamper. “Very much appreciate the award and the support you have given me”. JD's wife Chris and his "proud of his Dad" son Matthew were honored guests for the presentation dinner and award.
During the ceremony, State Police colleague First Sergeant Mike Sweet and former state trooper and now Town of Tappahannock Police Chief James Ashworth, Jr. both paid tributes to J D Stamper. JD was severely injured in an accident involving an out of control vehicle in Tappahannock and his quick selfless action saved two utility workers from a catastrophic life threatening situation. Sonny Terry, Vince Donoghue and Joe Wolfinger nominated Stamper for the award in a Rotary Club committee led by Tom Saville.