New Bern Police to hold Law Enforcement Memorial service

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NEW BERN, Craven County - The New Bern Police Department will hold its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Tuesday to recognize those who have died in the line of duty in New Bern and Craven County.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office will also be participating. Five law enforcement officers will be recognized:

-- Carl Mayo, New Bern Police Department, End of Watch: May 29, 1960

-- Toby Taylor, Craven County Sheriff's Office, End of Watch: Nov. 11, 1963

-- Jeffrey Matheny, Craven County Sheriff's Office, End of Watch: Oct. 21, 2000

-- Donald Miller, New Bern Police Department, End of Watch: Dec. 25, 2001

-- Alexander Thalmann, New Bern Police Department, End of Watch: March 31, 2014

The service will be held at the New Bern Police Department at 601 George Street. As part of the memorial service, New Bern's newest bear sculpture will be unveiled. "Officer T Bear", with its accompanying citizen's car, represents a typical scene in traffic enforcement: a police officer directs a citizen's car to pause its course allowing pedestrians to cross the street safely. On the bear will be the names of Mayo, Miller and Thalmann on its uniform. The citizen car's license plate also features the word IMPACT: Integrity, Motivation, Professionalism, Accountability, Commitment and Trust. It's a phrase used often by New Bern Police.

After the memorial service, the public is encouraged to join a law enforcement motorcade to Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road, where the new multipurpose athletic field will be officially dedicated as Thalmann Field at Lawson Creek Park.

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