New Bern memorial service honors fallen officers, dedicates field, unveils bear statue

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Tuesday was a day of reflection and remembering for the hundreds who came out to the New Bern Police Department’s memorial service.

The serviced remembered members of both the New Bern Police Department, and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

The following were honored Tuesday:

Carl Mayo New Bern Police Department EOW 5/29/1960
Toby Taylor Craven County Sheriff’s Office EOW 11/16/1963
Jeffrey Matheny Craven County Sheriff’s Office EOW 10/21/2000
Donald Miller New Bern Police Department EOW 12/25/2001
Alexander Thalmann New Bern Police Department EOW 3/31/2014

 Following the ceremony, a motorcade departed for Lawson Creek Park, where a soccer field was being dedicated to Officer Thalmann. The scoreboard bearing New Bern Police Department Officer Alexander Thalmann’s name was also unveiled as part of the special ceremony and a memorial plaque was presented in his honor. The scoreboard was made possible by donations from police department staff, the community, and the Thalmann family.

“The impression he made was incredible and I want to thank the people of New Bern,” said Stacey Thalmann, Officer Thalmann’s mother.

She said her son loved soccer and the New Bern community. It was only fitting to have a field named in his honor.

She said she hopes her son’s memory inspires people to never say never.

New Bern Police Chief Toussaint Summers said he hopes Thalmann’s memory never dies.

“It means to give service. What it means to be dedicated to a cause,” he said.

A new bear statue was also revealed during the memorial services.

Officer T Bear, with its accompanying citizen’s car, is meant to represent a typical traffic enforcement scene — an officer directing a car to pause and let pedestrians cross the street. The names of officers Carl Mayo, Donald Miller and Alexander Thalmann have been added to the bear’s uniform.

Prior to the memorial service, a law enforcement motorcade accompanied the Miller family to Donald Miller Park, 100 Avenue A, to present a memorial plaque in honor of Detective Miller. Officer Carl Mayo was honored during the ceremony at the police department.


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