Law enforcement officers from across the state were in New Bern Tuesday honoring officers killed in the line of duty.
It was part of the North Carolina Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony, which is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Justice.
Each year, North Carolina pays tribute to the officers killed through the special ceremony, but this was the first time it has been held in New Bern. New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers said it’s important to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“While we may mourn those who we have lost, we must never forget to thank god that such men lived,” Summers said.
Fallen New Bern officer Alexander Thalmann was one of the three officers who was honored during the ceremony. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said this ceremony is very special for him each year.
“Men and women who have lost their lives and to be with these families is just incredibly special,” Cooper said.
Some New Bern Police officers said they keep Thalmann’s memory alive by trying to stay as motivated as he was on the job. Craven County Sheriff Jerry Monette said the ceremony goes to show just how dangerous being a law enforcement officer is.
“It could be anyone at anytime, and that’s the job of a law enforcement officer,” Monette said. “They put their lives on the line and a lot of times it’s taken for granted until these types of things happen.”
McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Crisp and Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Green were also honored.
Smaller regional events are being held throughout the state this week.