Fallen officers to be remembered

By: Staff reports

Anson County’s top cops are joining together to pay honor to those lost in the line of duty.

Sheriff Landric Reid, Wadesboro Police Chief Thedis Spencer, Polkton Police Chief Matt Norris and Lilesville Police Chief Bobby Galimore invite residents to join them Wednesday, May 17 for the Anson County Fallen Officers Memorial Service.

During last year’s service, seven law enforcement officers who died between 1910 and 2004 were remembered: McFarlan Officer James Marion Sings, Peachland Constable Mattie George Faulkner, North Carolina Highway Patrolman George I. Thompson, Deputy Sheriff Selby Harney Sr., Chief Deputy Gilbert Dean, Deputy William Kress Horne, Chief Deputy Jesse Lee Pratt and Trooper Josh W. Oliver.

Sings, Faulkner and Horne all died after being shot by suspects; Harney and Dean both died from apparent heart attacks; and Thompson and Oliver both died after wrecks.

Chesterfield County, South Carolina Deputy William Jonathan Crawley, who was fatally shot — along with the woman he was escorting to make her husband move out — was also honored.

“They gave their life for their brothers, their sisters; they gave their life for people they didn’t even know,” Reid said during last yea’s service. “They laid it down for their community.”

The service begins at 2 p.m. at the Anson County Courthouse, with light hors d’oeuvres following inside.

Staff reports