Deputy who died in Wayne County shooting honored with procession

Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 7:57 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 4:23 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -A Wayne County sheriff’s deputy who died after a shooting during a standoff this week was honored with a procession.

Sergeant Matthew Fishman died Tuesday after being shot while trying to serve commitment papers to a man on Arrington Bridge Road Monday morning.

Two other deputies were also hurt, but have since been released from the hospital.

Sgt. Fishman’s body was escorted from the ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville shortly after 12:00 noon by a group of law enforcement vehicles. As it left the hospital on Stantonsburg Road, the Wayne County ambulance drove under an American flag that was draped above the highway by two Greenville Fire-Rescue ladder trucks.

Along the route to Goldsboro, numerous fire departments set up their ladder trucks on overpasses and police officers from various communities stood at attention to pay their respects. Eastern Carolina residents also showed their respect, including Greenville resident Ginny Valentino.

“It was a horrible tragedy. A lot of times officers are out there helping us and this is, unfortunately, one of the tragedies that can happen to them, so it’s just a shame,” Valentino said.

The body was taken to Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home in Dudley.

Various fire departments manned overpasses to honor Sgt. Fishman.
Various fire departments manned overpasses to honor Sgt. Fishman.(Viewer photo)

The funeral will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 9th, at 11 a.m. in the Kornegay Arena at the University of Mount Olive, 634 Henderson Street. The burial with honors will follow at Wayne Memorial Park.

In order to let all employees attend the service and in honor of Fishman, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says its main office will be closed Tuesday.

Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered all flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Tuesday.

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