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State troopers killed on duty to be honored

Posted May 4, 2009

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— The state Highway Patrol will hold a memorial ceremony Monday afternoon to honor the 60 troopers who have died in the force's 80-year history, including two killed in 2008.

Gov. Bev Perdue will speak at the memorial ceremony at the Highway Patrol academy in Raleigh. Perdue also will participate in a wreath-laying at the memorial.

On June 17, 2008, Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr., 24, was shot after he stopped a vehicle in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 in Canton, outside Asheville. Edwardo Wong II, 37, of Ormond Beach, Fla., was charged with first-degree murder.

Blanton left behind a wife, Michaela, and a 2-week-old son, Tye, who was born prematurely. Tye died about four months later of heart problems and other medical issues. The infant was buried next to his father.

On Sept. 9, 2008, Trooper Andrew Stocks, 43, died in a wreck with a garbage truck on on Ten-Ten Road in Garner. Investigators said that Stocks lost control of his cruiser while responding to another wreck on U.S. Highway 401.

Stocks, a Cary High School graduate, left behind a wife, Liane, and a stepdaughter, who friends say he referred to as his daughter. The Marine and Army reservist was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The patrol was founded in 1929 with a handful of troopers. It has grown to employ 1,813 troopers who patrol 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadway.

Troopers arrested more than 23,000 people last year for driving while impaired, seized $10 million worth of drugs and investigated 1,081 fatal accidents.

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  • Just the facts mam May 4, 2009

    People such as these are our true heroes, and that goes for military, LEO, firefighters, EMS, and many others. They mostly work thankless jobs for little pay, and some even give the ultimate sacrifice.

  • BLK 007 May 4, 2009

    Recognizing that I volunteered,Fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige and honor.Never shall I fail my comrades.I will always keep myself mentally alert, physicall strong and morally straight. May these fallen Troopers rest in peace, job well done. 10-41, until we meet again.

  • leo-nc May 4, 2009

    Going 10-41, I still think about both of you every day. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't think of you. Godspeed brothers, you are missed...

    AJ:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w3Tkpm4dpI

    Shawn:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCHd6nTduyc

  • pbjbeach May 4, 2009

    I personnaly think that it is a pure shame that it takes the death of a trooper to get the attention that is required for state trooper an other state employees to get the reconization that is deserved by these deciated state employees. If this governor is truely instrested in honoring these fallen trooper she needs to be made mindful of the experience an decation that all career state employees have an their efforts to honestly an truthfuly an ethically respresent the people & taxpayers of this state in their careers. An in my personnal opinion this governor an the legisture truely needs to reconize an attempt to make all state em,ployees lives better instead of trying to stick it to them at every available turn an chance that this governor get to do so just as mikey did the same at ever chance that he had

  • freddie cadetti 72 May 4, 2009

    If you have never been to one of these, you should definitely attend. In past years, which was done just before Christmas, they have a patrol cruiser for each fallen trooper, parked side by side in circular formation, and one by one as each trooper's name is called, they flip on the blue lights, until all are flashing. There's also a group of troopers who sing.

  • freddie cadetti 72 May 4, 2009

    Begins at 2pm.

    They normally do this every Christmas season. I winder if it will continue?

  • gotittogether May 4, 2009

    May these heros rest in Peace! They gave their lives for the citizens of NC! Support your local and state Police, they support you!!!!
    We will be thinking of these Officers and their Families today. God Bless them!

  • Imagine 722 May 4, 2009

    This is so sad, God Bless both of these heroes!!!! They are in a better place resting in peace....the man that shot him should get death penalty, but of course he won't. Poor wife lost her husband and her little baby... God Bless her.

  • rlt197131 May 4, 2009

    During the investigative reporting for this story, did anyone happen to get a time the event starts?