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Fallen Officer Memorials

Patrolman Rogers was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance. He was familiar with the couple involved but as he began to approach the house the male suspect began firing a rifle at the responding officers. Patrolman Rogers took cover behind his cruiser but was struck in the head by a piece of shrapnel when his cruiser was struck by a rifle round. The suspect was apprehended and convicted of the murder.

 

Trooper Harmon was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Haywood County. Troopers were conducting heightened traffic enforcement in the area due to recent rock slides. The suspect had kidnapped his employer earlier in the day and had the victim in the vehicle when Trooper Harmon stopped him. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Harmon was assigned to Troop G, District 4, in Buncombe County. He had been with the agency for five years and had previously served as a Brevard, North Carolina police officer. A section of Highway 276 in Brevard was renamed in his honor. He was survived by his wife, who was a Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputy, and parents.

Master Trooper Taylor was killed when his patrol vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer while on the shoulder of I-40 in Haywood County.

He was parked on the shoulder along with two other vehicles when the incident occurred. The truck was traveling 15-mph over the posted speed limit. An occupant of one of the other vehicles was also killed.

The driver of the truck was sentenced to community service for reckless endangerment. The incident occurred at the same location on I-40, and under similar circumstances, where Trooper Anthony Cogdill was killed 19 months later.

In 2002, a bridge on I-40 at Exit 27 was renamed “Master Trooper Calvin Taylor Bridge” in honor of the officer.

Master Trooper Taylor had been employed with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 20 years, and was assigned to Troop G, District 5.

He is survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.

Senior Trooper Cogdill was killed when his patrol was struck by a tractor trailer on I-40 near NC 209 in Haywood County.

Senior Trooper Cogdill was conducting a traffic stop at 1500 hours when the semi struck the patrol car from behind, pushing it 100 yards. The driver of the car that he had stopped was also injured. Witnesses reported that the tractor trailer had been driven recklessly and had been swerving in and out of traffic immediately before the collision. The incident occurred at the same location on I-40, and under similar circumstances, where Master Trooper Calvin Taylor was killed 19 months earlier.

The driver of the truck was found to have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. Additionally, his truck was determined to have defective brakes. He was charged with murder in connection with Trooper Cogdill’s death, but found guilty of the lesser charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was sentenced to only 45 days in jail with credit for time served.

In August 2004 a bridge on Highway 209, crossing I-40, was renamed the “Trooper Anthony C. Cogdill Memorial Bridge”.

Trooper Cogdill had been employed with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for six years, and was assigned to Troop G, District 5, in Haywood County. He had previously served with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office for 3 years. He is survived by his son and parents.

Trooper Shawn Blanton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-40 near Canton, North Carolina. A struggle ensued during the stop and Trooper Blanton was fatally shot.

The suspect took Trooper Blanton’s service weapon and fled the scene. He was apprehended a short time later by deputies from the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Canton Police Department. He was subsequently charged with capital murder.

Trooper Blanton had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for two years and had previously served as a dispatcher for the Cherokee Tribal Police Department. He is survived by his wife and 2-week-old son.

Trooper Blanton’s son, Tye, passed away in October 2008 at the age of four months.