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New Bern holds memorial for fallen heroes

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Wednesday morning the New Bern Police Department and Craven County Sheriff’s Department joined together for a law enforcement memorial service.

The service was held in front of the New Bern Police Department where the community gathered to remember fallen law enforcement officers who lost their lives defending the safety of our community.

The memorial coincides with the unveiling of the law enforcement monument, which was recently moved from Broad Street downtown, to the New Bern Police Department on George Street.

On that memorial is now inscribed Officer Alexander Thallmann’s name. Thallmann lost his life on March 31st after being shot while perusing a suspect. His Mother attended the ceremony, and Officer Jonathan Wester participated in the End of Watch ceremony.

Names of all officers and deputies killed in the line of duty were read. Including Jeffery Matheny who died in the line of duty in October of 2000 while working the with Craven County Sheriff’s office.

His Daughter Christina Clark attended in the ceremony.

“This is home and everything around here reminds me of him. Even though I am now so far away. On a daily basis I still think of him and all the things he has missed out on, and coming home just brings that out in me” said Clark.

Law enforcement memorial events often coincide with National Police Week, designated as the calendar week in which May 15th falls (National Peace Officers Memorial Day). National Police Week recognizes law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and honors America's law enforcement community.

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