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Memorial ceremony for fallen CMPD officers Friday

In Charlotte, the Police Memorial serves as a timeless reminder of those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty during a ceremony Friday.

Friday's ceremony marked the end of National Police Week, which pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In Charlotte, the Police Memorial serves as a timeless reminder of fallen law enforcement officers. 

This year, a new name was etched into the granite of the memorial. Officer Mia Goodwin was 33-years-old when she and three fellow officers were struck by a truck in the early morning of Dec. 22 on Interstate 85.

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CMPD said Goodwin is the first female CMPD officer to be killed in the line of duty. 

Officer Goodwin was a six-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and a member of its 172nd Recruit Class. She was assigned to the University City Division.

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She had just returned to work from maternity leave. She left behind a 3-year-old child, a 1-year-old child, a 4-month-old baby, and husband Brenton Goodwin, who is a firefighter with the Charlotte Fire Department. 

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"This week was an opportunity for law enforcement agencies across the country to celebrate the sacrifices," CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings said. "We want to celebrate their lives and what they did for this profession."

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"It's tough," Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden said while remembering the fallen. "We want the community to remember us each day."

CMPD's fallen police officers

  • Officer James Moran
  • Officer James H. Brown
  • Officer Sampson E. Cole
  • Special Officer John Robert Estridge
  • Officer John Franklin Fesperman
  • Detective John North Byers
  • Chief of Detectives Joseph Eckles Orr 
  • Officer Robert M. Reid
  • Detective Harvey Edgar Correll
  • Officer William Stephen Rogers
  • Detective Thomas H. Jenkins
  • Officer Benjamin H. Frye
  • Officer Charles P. Nichols
  • Officer Rufus L. Biggers
  • Detective Charlie Herbert Baker
  • Officer Johnny Reed Annas
  • Officer Paul Reed
  • Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.
  • Officer Ronnie E. McGraw
  • Officer Edmond "Ed" N. Cannon
  • Officer Ernest Coleman
  • Officer Timothy W. Whittington
  • Officer Robert L. Smith
  • Officer Milus "Terry" Lyles
  • Officer Eugene A. "Gene" Griffin
  • Officer Anthony Alford Nobles
  • Officer John Thomas Burnette, III
  • Sergeant Anthony Scott Futrell
  • Officer Jeffrey Shelton
  • Officer Sean Robert Clark
  • Officer Frederick A. Thornton
  • Officer Mia Goodwin

Mecklenburg County's fallen sheriff's deputies

  • Captain Anthony Stancil 
  • Deputy Sheriff Edmund V. Thomas, Jr.
  • High Sheriff John Caldwell Cook

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