Local News

Memorial Held for Troopers Killed in the Line of Duty

Posted December 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Highway Patrol officers risk their lives everyday and sometimes they make the ultimate sacrifice. Thursday night the North Carolina Highway Patrol paid tribute to those who've lost their lives in the line of duty.

The memorial was especially poignant and painful for troopers and their families, as the memory of the recent loss of Trooper Ed Lowry remains fresh in their minds. Lowry was gunned down on Interstate-95 in Cumberland County in September. As troopers remembered their fallen comrades, they also geared up for a busy season on the roads.

It didn't take long for cadets in the 98th Basic School and the others in the Highway Patrol Christmas Memorial Service to bring tears to the eyes of those in attendance.

The main portion of the ceremony centered around reading the names of the 48 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the highway patrol was founded in 1929. A blue patrol car light was turned on after each name was read. An unidentified trooper said all of his colleagues are touched by this service.

Sergeant Ed Lowry made the ultimate sacrifice this year. At the memorial service, his family pinned his badge on the wreath used in the memorial. Lowry's wife Dixie Lowry said he died doing what he loved.

Lowry said it was especially gratifying for her to talk to those attending the service who are now training to become troopers. She said she told them that, despite what happened to her husband, the job was worth the challenge and risk.