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FRIDAY - October 29, 2010


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced the dedication of a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers at the Martin County Government Center today. (Mr. Holding’s remarks accompany this press release.) Patrolman Guy Thomas Davis, Jr., North Carolina State Highway Patrol; Sheriff Jerry Vernon Beach, Martin County Sheriff's Office; and Lieutenant Charles Douglas Brown, Jr., Martin County Sheriff's Office, who were killed in the line of duty, were honored at the ceremony.

Guy Thomas Davis, Jr.: Trooper Davis, 49, was gunned down on September 2, 1975, after he stopped a car that had run a red light in Williamston unaware the three in the car had just robbed a bank. He served 29 years in law enforcement. For more information go to

Jerry Vernon Beach:Sheriff Beach, 57, was shot and killed on October 12, 1992, after responding to a call of an officer needing assistance during a bank robbery in Oak City. Sheriff Beach was in law enforcement for 28 years. For more information:

Charles Douglas Brown, Jr.: Deputy Brown, 38, was shot and killed the morning of December 8, 2009, during a confrontation on West Main Street in Williamston. He served in the law enforcement community for 15 years. More information can be found at

The statue was funded by the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina, through monies collected by the Asset Forfeiture Section. The Asset Forfeiture Program, which has become a key component to help combat criminal activity, strips criminals of their illicit wealth by taking the proceeds and other assets of their crimes through seizure or forfeiture.

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