The members of Lodge 88 of the
North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police would like to thank
everyone who attended the memorial service and rededication for
Johnston County Deputy Clendon Paul West, Sr. on 27 September
before the national tragedy of September 11, 2001 - the date
9/11 marked a local tragedy, the death of Deputy Paul West.
It was on that date in 1995 when Paul and his partner went to
serve a warrant and Deputy West was lost in the line of duty.
Paul was the finest example of a law enforcement officer and a
man of remarkable courage and strength of character. His
loss was deeply felt by all who knew him. In the days following
Paul was laid to eternal rest here in Sunset Memorial Park.
Paul’s killer was located, taken into custody and charged for
On March 10, 2006 two more offenders were located, taken into
custody and charged with crimes against Deputy West. These 2
vandals came to this sacred place and vandalized 43 gravesites,
including the final resting place of our brother Paul.
The members of the Lodge 88 of the North Carolina Fraternal
Order of Police were saddened by the actions of these vandals
and told Paul’s family we would do what’s right and repair or
replace the gravesite of one of our own. Members of
the Public Safety Community must support one another and help
heal the hearts of family and friends.
photo story with audio and video from the memorial service can
be downloaded here.
The WRAL NEWS story covering this
event can be viewed here.
“…on September 11th we
marked the 11th anniversary of Paul’s death and although
many years have gone by he is not only remembered by his family
but he is still remembered and loved by his community and that
is the greatest testament of all…”
- The Family of Deputy Paul
"...true heroism is
remarkably sober, very un-dramatic. It is not the urge to
surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve
others at whatever cost..."
- Bryan Beatty quoting Arthur
Gravesite Rededicated For Slain Johnston County Deputy
Over 100 law enforcement officers gathered at
SunsetMemorialCemetery in Smithfield
on Wednesday to rededicate the gravesite of Paul West, a JohnstonCountydeputy who was gunned down in the
line of duty 11 years ago. Vandals damaged or destroyed 44
gravesites in the cemetery in March. Members of the JohnstonCountychapter of the NC Fraternal Order
of Police ensured West’s grave marker was repaired. Jason
Hutchins, President of the local Fraternal Order of Police
chapter said West “was the finest example of a law enforcement
officer.” Bryan Beatty, Secretary of the NC Department of Crime
Control & Public Safety said it was important to remember slain
officers like Paul West who gave their lives serving others.
“They face the unknown every minute of their workday,” Beatty
said of lawmen. West’s family unveiled the new grave marker. FormerJohnstonCountySheriff’s Lt. Ronald Medlin, who
was wounded by the gunman who shot and killed Deputy West, also
attended the rededication ceremony. -