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Police officer and Virginia Capitol mainstay dies at 60



RICHMOND, Va.  — Condolences are pouring in from lawmakers and other elected officials after Virginia Capitol Police announced one of the agency’s most visible employees had died while undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

The agency said in a news release that Master Officer Woodrow W. “Buddy” Dowdy III died Tuesday. He was 60.

Dowdy was a mainstay at what is known as Capitol Square’s Post 1, the entrance regarded as the park’s main entryway for vehicles and many pedestrians.

Among those expressing condolences was Gov. Ralph Northam, who called Dowdy “one of the friendliest officers on Capitol Square.”


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