Correctional officer killed in Bertie County gets special honor


WINDSOR, Bertie County - Four months after she was killed in the line of duty, Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan was forever memorialized by her county.

Family, friends and colleagues watched as she became the first correctional officer to be added to Bertie County's fallen officer memorial in Windsor. Callahan was killed by an inmate in April while she was on duty. She later died from her injuries. "She was one of our rising stars," said Kenneth Lassiter, director of North Carolina Prisons. "She cared about her co-workers, she cared about the inmate offenders, and she truly cared about her community and her family." Typically, North Carolina does not categorize correctional officers like Callahan as law enforcement officers. But Bertie County commissioners insisted Callahan be honored and that correctional officers be recognized for their important service. "Our correctional officers day in and day out put their lives on the line," Lassiter said. "They're professional. This one tragedy shows that it just takes only a few seconds for a negative outcome."