Thousands held candles at Wednesday night’s vigil to honor those lost in the line of duty.
In Washington, D.C., leaders and loved ones gathered to pay tribute for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Way.
US Attorney General and North Carolina native Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson attended and spoke at the event.
An estimated 20,000 people participated in the vigil, including New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers and Officer Alexander Thalmann’s mother.
Two Greenville Police officers taking part in the nationwide Law Enforcement United Ride for Hope arrived Tuesday in Washington, D.C. They departed on May 7th on the ride that honors fallen officers and works to help their families.
Captain Rob Williams and Officer Chris Burack were scheduled to stop at fallen GPD Officer Jason Campbell’s memorial site on Greene Street before making their way to the nation’s capital. They have raised $7,000 for the Concerns of Police Survivors and Officer Down Memorial Page causes.
They joined 25 other officers representing North Carolina, Virginia and Arizona as they began their 400 mile journey from Greenville. They averaged about 80 miles each day. Officer Burack said they have been training over the last few months to make sure they were ready.
The officers are in D.C. for the national ceremonies honoring fallen officers. Burack said he is glad to know the families of those fallen officers are well taken care of.
“It’s reassuring because if that ever happens to you, your family is going to be taken care of. It’s a very tight brotherhood and sisterhood, and there’s a lot of support behind it,” Burack said.
One of those events is a candlelight vigil for more 270 fallen officers. The names of those officers are being added to a national memorial wall.
New Bern officer Alexander Thalmann is now among the names etched in the wall. Officer Thalmann was killed in 2014 after he was shot while pursuing a suspect.