Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, May 4. He is shown here with Ramon, his K-9 partner.
Iredell commissioners honor slain officer; community vigil set for Wednesday night in Mooresville
BY KARISSA MILLER
Iredell County commissioners honored slain Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon during Tuesday night’s board meeting in Statesville.
Chairman James Mallory commended the officer, who was fatally wounded during a traffic stop on Saturday night, for making the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of Iredell County.
Vice Chairman Tommy Bowles prayed for the law enforcement community as well as Officer Sheldon’s family and friends and every person who has been touched by his death.
Sheriff Darren Campbell, who was on the scene after the shooting, addressed commissioners during the meeting. Sheriff’s Office personnel will continue to help provide additional coverage for Mooresville Police Department during these difficult days.
Several positive things have resulted out of this tragedy, Campbell said.
“Our connection with other law enforcement agencies is becoming tighter as we work together in these trying times to maintain safety, security,” the sheriff explained. “Our friendships forged a little tighter as we looked toward each other for comfort and support.”
Campbell also mentioned other agencies, community partners and citizens who have united in support of law enforcement officers. He expressed his gratitude for those who have come by the Sheriff’s Office, as well as those who have offered prayers, food and cards.
The sheriff shared the words of a memorial poem in Officer Sheldon’s honor. The poem is written from the perspective of the fallen officer who leaves his family and friends behind suddenly.
I seem gone from you now, but I know that somehow
We will reunite in another place.
For “The good they die young,” is a song often sung,
But this verse is flawed on its face.
You see the good don’t die young, but instead they live on,
In memories, and many a heart.
The good that you do does not die when you do.
For the good, death’s not an end, but a start.
Mooresville Police Chief Damon Williams said the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies has helped his department immensely.
“It’s going to be a long week for Mooresville. In my 15 years, I’ve had this call now twice,” he said. “You can’t imagine. You go from effective to ineffective very quickly.”
Community Vigil set for Wednesday evening
A community vigil will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mooresville Common in front of the Mooresville town hall, 413 North Main Street.
State flags lowered in honor of slain officer
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered that all state flags to be raised at half-staff this week in honor of Sheldon. Memorial services will take place Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. Learn more at svlfreenews.com/obits/jordan-harris-sheldon
National Law Enforcement Week observed May 12-18
Beginning on Monday, May 12, Iredell County will observe National Law Enforcement Week.
Iredell County Commissioners approved a proclamation declaring May 12-18 as National Law Enforcement Week, and formally dedicated it to Officer Sheldon.
Law enforcement and the community will spend the week honoring those who have died in the line of duty and thanking them for the sacrifices they make each day.