Onslow Co. family remembers loved one during Jacksonville police memorial service


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Law enforcement departments across the country are honoring their comrades lost in the line of duty.

Thursday, officers from throughout Onslow County held a remembrance ceremony at the Jacksonville Commons.

9 On Your Side spoke with a family member who lost a loved one.

Officer Terry Lee Lainer was a three-year veteran who was killed while trying to arrest a mentally ill man with a knife.

“Most people don’t realize the extent of the danger that they go out and serve the people,” said Helen Whipkey, Lanier’s sister.

The ceremony featured sirens and a gun salute.

Bagpipes were used to remember the fallen officers of the Jacksonville Police Department and Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Whipkey says the memorial helps her know her brother’s legacy continues on.

“It’s helping with closure. I’m glad these law enforcement communities are remembering the fallen heroes of our Jacksonville. Not only Terry, but other officers as well, ” said Whipkey.

Mike Yaniero, police chief, remembers serving with many of the fallen officers. He says it still tugs at his heart to know they put their lives on the line for the safety of others.

“When a police officer dies in a community, it’s a traumatic event for the entire community,” noted Yaniero.

Whipkey hopes folks remember one thing the most about her brother.

“He served his community and he gave it all. He gave it all.”

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