Col. Jay Smithers, State Police superintendent, said the past year had been hard for the Bailey and Workman families as well as the State Police family.
He spoke of the outpouring of support the families had received and said it was no surprise West Virginians responded in such a manner but that families also received messages of support and condolences from around the country.
"One of the biggest concerns of families seems to be that their loved ones will no longer be remembered," Smithers said. "Trust me, the West Virginia State Police does not have a short memory.
"Each day myself and many others working or visiting department headquarters pass through our Hall of Honor where Marshall and Eric's portraits are prominently displayed. It serves as a constant reminder to all who pass through that hallowed hall that justice justice in a civil society very often comes at an enormous price."
Smithers hoped others would remember that when they saw the green road signs bearing the men's names. Both men's families were given the State Police Cross, awarded posthumously to Bailey and Workman.
Also in attendance were Roane Deputy John Westfall and tow truck driver Frank Massey, both of whom were shot by Baber during his attempt to flee.
Westfall, who declined comment, was one of the deputies who went after Baber immediately following the shooting. He was wounded in the shootout that killed Baber.
Massey drives a wrecker for King's Wrecker Service and was on duty Thursday afternoon but took time to come to the ceremony. He remembered being called to the site that night to haul away Baber's vehicle, but when he arrived he found the gruesome scene and a gun-wielding Baber.
He said it was hard to put into words how he felt seeing his friends that night, but that the prevalent emotion was fear.
"Walking up seeing two friends been slain, turning around asking what's going on, being shot, fear of trying to get past him to get an escape route out of there," Massey said. "You didn't know at any given time he may shoot you again."
Massey was shot once in his upper left arm before he fled the scene and called for help. He attends physical therapy but doctors have told him there's nothing further they can do for his arm.
He said it meant a lot to be able to come and show support for his friends' families.
"We've ate lunch together, joked together, teased around together," Massey said. "They were more than just state troopers to me, they were actual friends."
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.