FAYETTEVILLE, CUMBERLAND COUNTY - North Carolina paid tribute to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty with the state's annual Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony.
Attorney General Roy Cooper delivered opening remarks at the event Tuesday morning at Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The guest speaker was state Appeals Court Judge Samuel James Ervin IV.
The ceremony highlighted those officers who died since the last service. They are: Jeff Settle of the state Correction Department; William Wright of the state Department of Public Safety; Dewayne Charles Hester of the Bladen County Sheriff's Office; Jeremiah M. Goodson, Jr. of the Lumberton Police Department; Bobby Gene Demuth Jr. of the state Highway Patrol; and Randall "Shane" Thomas of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.
Trooper Demuth (pictured above), from Nash County, died in September 2012. He was hit and killed by a car while trying to stop a driver who refused to pull over, according to investigators.
Trooper Demuth was a 12-year veteran of the Highway Patrol, and was stationed in Rocky Mount.