Detective Randall “Shane” Thomas 47
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Randall Thomas was born February 17th, 1965 to Ivey and Linda Huskins. Randall was a native of Thomasville N.C. and retired detective of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office after 19 years of service.
Detective Thomas sustained injuries May 2009 during a training exercise with the mounted patrol. Randall sustained a broken neck and was rendered a quadriplegic when the horse he was riding reared and fell on top of him. With the technological assistance Detective Thomas was able to return to work around the office of the Henderson County Sheriff. After fighting off multiple infections Randall “Shane” Thomas died of his injuries December 28th, 2012.
Randall Thomas is survived by his Parents, his Wife Anita Thomas, his Daughters Monica Hartline and Lauren Thomas, his sons Josh Thomas and Justin Hartline, and his Brother Jack Thomas.
Master Corporal Sandra “Sandy” Elizabeth Rogers 49
Aiken Department of Public Safety
Master Cpl. Rogers was born February 11th, 1963 and was a lifelong resident of the city of Aiken. Sandy’s grandfather, James M. Sprawls, was the late Chief of Police for the city of Aiken. Master Cpl. Rogers was a 27 year veteran with the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Sandra began her career in 1984 later to become a Field Training Officer and a Speed Measuring Device Instructor. Sandra was a member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association and the South Carolina Firemen’s Association. In 2003 Master Cpl. Rogers was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the Lifesaving Award and in 2011 the Certificate of Commendation. Sandra also helped start the book bag for helping hands program.
The morning hours on January 28th, 2012 Master Cpl. Rogers was shot and killed as she approached a suspicious vehicle at Eustis Park. The subject would later be linked to other shootings and apprehended hours later in Batesville-Leesville.
Sandra was known as “Sandy” to those left behind including Father Clarence Jack Rogers, Sister Virginia R. Johnson, Brothers Jack Rogers Jr. and James H. Rogers, and partner Frances A. Williams.
Deputy Sheriff William Ronald Mast, Jr. 23
Watauga County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy William Ronald Mast, Jr. was born August 16th, 1988 in Watauga County to Angela Gail Wall and William Ronald Mast, Jr. William was hired at the young age of 20 by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office where he served for three years before he passed.
On July 16th, 2012 Deputy Mast was responding to a 911 call with an open line at a trailer park in Deep Gap, N.C. It is believed that the call was an ambush. As William approached the home he was shot fatally. Another Deputy who responded minutes later returned fire killing the suspect.
Many loving family members remain to cherish Williams’ memory including his Wife Paige Mast, his unborn Son William Hunter Mast, his Mother and Father, and Brother Brandon Mast.
Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Charles Hester 39
Bladen County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Hester was born and raised in the same county he gave his life to serve and protect. Services were held at Oak Grove Baptist Church where Hester grew up as a little boy. Dewayne was with the Elizabethtown Police Department for four years before transferring to the Sheriff’s office where he served diligently for only one year before his passing.
The Deputy was responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call on June 8th, 2012 when his car left the roadway on NC 87 and struck a tree.
Dewayne leaves behind a stunned community that watched him grow from a little boy to the man he came to be. Deputy Hester is survived by his loving Wife Tammie Hester and his “Daddy’s Girls” Haley Hester 11 and Hannah Hester 9. Hester is also survived by his Mother Elfriede and his Brothers Jamie and Kenneth.
Master Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson, Jr. 32
Lumberton Police Department
Officer Goodson was born October 25th, 1979 and grew up in the Lumberton N.C. and Dillon S.C. areas. Jeremiah was a school resource officer at Lumberton Senior High where he began his fund “Dream Plenty … Conquer Success”. He was employed by the City of Lumberton in 2000 and joined the Lumberton Police Department on June 14th, 2006 and served diligently until his final day on July 17th, 2012.
On that day, July 17th, 2012 Officer Goodson was off-duty and recognized an individual being wanted on outstanding warrants for possession of a firearm by a felon. As Jeremiah and a second responding officer approached the vehicle the subject opened fire striking Officer Goodson in the chest. The 27 year-old is charged with first degree murder and being held without bond in the Cumberland County Jail.
Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson, Jr. leaves behind many family and friends who affectionately referred to him as “chucky”. Among those left behind include his Wife Lametria Goodson, Daughter Jurnee Amiah, Son Josiah Malachi (born July 25th, 2012), parents Jerry and Bettie Goodson, Sister Isis Goodson, and Brother Joshua Goodson.
Trooper Bobby Gene DeMuth, Jr. (42)
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Trooper DeMuth was born June 9, 1970, in Edgecombe County and served his country proudly as a United States Marine from 1988-1992. Gene joined the law enforcement brotherhood in 1994, later transferring to the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 2003. Trooper DeMuth was assigned to the Rocky Mount, Troop C District 1 Highway Patrol Office. Gene proudly served as a law enforcement officer for 18 years; four years with Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, two years with Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, three years with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle, and nine years with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
The morning of September 8, 2012, Trooper DeMuth was struck and killed while attempting to deploy spike strips during a vehicle pursuit on U.S. 64 in Nash County. The 40-year-old suspect, who was wanted on multiple charges including two counts of kidnapping, was apprehended shortly thereafter and is being held at Central Prison in Raleigh, NC.
Genes’ wife Michelle DeMuth, 8-year-old son Trevor DeMuth, father Bobby Gene DeMuth, Sr., mother Mildred Posey Karachun, sister Kathy Marshall, and brother John Clifton DeMuth are among the family members left behind to cherish the memories of a loving husband, father, son, and brother.
Blake Redden has set up a fundraiser for the Carolina Brotherhood this Saturday, July 27 at his Junk Rescue head quarters.
He will be rolling up his doors and letting the public pick through his stock of just about everything. All proceeds will go the the Carolina Brotherhood.
When: Saturday July 27, 2013
Hours: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Junk Rescue HQ
Address: 628 E. 27th Street, Charlotte, NC
More Info: www.junkrescue.com
From Day 4 Press Release:
Friday, the final day will begin early with the ritual morning devotion that includes an Asheville firefighter sharing a few words about their comrade Bowen. The final stop after completing the steep climb into the city is at 4: 30 pm on the main stage of Bele Chere 2012 festival where the dedicated cyclists will be joined by co-workers and family members for a tribute to Captain Bowen.
Lake Lure Fire Department
622 Memorial Hwy
Lake Lure, NC 28746
Edneyville Fire & Rescue Department
1 Firehouse Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Mountain Home Fire & Rescue Department
3710 Asheville Hwy
Mountain Home, NC 28758
Ride Into Asheville
Captain Bowen’s Rescue 3 Company will escort the riders into Asheville
From Day 4 Press Release:
Day 4 of the Carolina Brotherhood ride is complete as committed riders were welcomed into the town of Forest City with an escort by police, firefighters, and citizens who lined up along Main Street. The 29 cyclists who left Wilmington, NC on July 23rd have battled through a nearly dangerous heat index, summer thunderstorms, and sore muscles to trek nearly 400 miles in tribute to Asheville Fire Department (AFD) Captain Jeffery Bowen. It was one year ago, July 28 that Capt. Bowmen lost his life while working at a fire that was intentionally set at a high rise medical office on Biltmore Avenue.
The route the Carolina Brotherhood covered through another day of near record heat, from Charlotte to Forest City:
Day 4 Media Coverage
Gaston Gazette – Slideshow
WSOC TV Charlotte
Fox News Charlotte