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PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL
dedicated to lives sacrificed in public service
Roll Call of Fallen Officers
Deputy James Alvin McRee
Deputy McRee died in an automobile accident that occurred while he and three other deputies were racing to a home hoping to serve warrants on a suspect in a hit-and-run case. Investigators had apparently gotten an overnight tip that the suspect was in a home in the Plateau community but, if they did not get there quickly, the opportunity to arrest the suspect would be lost. The patrol car overturned on the way to the residence and rolled down an embankment. Mr. McRee was killed in the accident.
Assistant Chief Paul E. Mackie
Mr. Mackie was a long time resident of the Bandys area and assistant chief of the Bandys Volunteer Fire Department. He stopped at a log barn fire and called in volunteers to assist with the blaze. Mr. Mackie began to feel ill during the fire and died a short time later at his home as a result of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Firefighter Craig W. Drum
Firefighter Craig Drum was one of the volunteers called in by Mr. Mackie to help battle the log barn fire. Mr. Drum also got sick the night of the fire. He died 21 days after the fire and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Deputy John O. Yount
On October 1, 1967, Deputy Yount and his partner had just arrested an individual. As they were In route to the County Jail with the prisioner , Deputy Yount suddenly stopped the patrol car he was driving and slumped over. He was taken to then Catawba Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Officer Jerald W. Maynor
Officer Maynor was shot and killed in a training accident on August 9, 1977. While training with other officers, one of his fellow officers accidently dropped his service weapon and it discharged, hitting Maynor.
Captain Bradley S. Long
Captain Long died during a recovery diving mission on Lake Norman while searching for a missing swimmer. He was a longtime firefighter for the Sherrills Ford – Terrell Fire Rescue Department and for the City of Newton Fire Department. Captain Long was 28 years old at the time of his death.
History of Public Safety Officers Memorial
In April 2006, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners was approached regarding a memorial for peace officers. A committee was established representing local law enforcement (both police and sheriff), fire, emergency medical service, and rescue to discuss a memorial, draft guidelines and appropriate location.
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