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Governor flies in for correctional officer's funeral

Gov. Roy Cooper flew into Edenton on Thursday for the funeral of Sgt. Meggan Callahan. (Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12)

EDENTON, Chowan County - Gov. Roy Cooper flew in to Edenton Thursday morning for the funeral of Bertie County Correctional Institution Sgt. Meggan Callahan.

The funeral began at noon at Edenton United Methodist Church. Law enforcement officers from across the state were in attendance. A horse-drawn caisson brought Callahan's body to the church. State officials said last week that Callahan was responding to a trash can fire in a dormitory at Bertie Correctional Institution on April 26. They said Callahan grabbed a fire extinguisher to try to put out the fire before inmate Craig Wissink attacked. DPS says Wissink took the extinguisher and used it in the assault. Callahan died shortly after the attack.

Look for NewsChannel 12's Nicole Griffin's report on this major story tonight at 5, 5:30 and 6.

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