Local Politics

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison's statement on Jesse Helms' death

Posted July 4, 2008 2:32 p.m. EDT

"He was a very caring man, a very compassionate man. A lot of people saw him as crusty, and he was, in his own way. But I really got to know him traveling with him, and my impression changed of him. He was just a fine gentleman and was always a gentleman. Looking back, what I liked about him – you knew where he stood. He was one of those people who would let you know. A lot of people thought it was about Sen. Helms but it wasn't. It was about the people of America – the ones he thought a lot of. And listening to him and being close to him like I was, I really understood his compassion and the way he fought."