Mooresville Police K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon was laid to rest on Friday.
After a funeral at Calvary Church in Charlotte, a procession was held with public safety vehicles traveling from the church to the Mooresville Police Department.
Hundreds of Mooresville community members and supporters lined the street, most in blue. Businesses along Main Street in downtown Mooresville had blue ribbons on their doors; there were also blue ribbons attached to street poles and trees. The area was lined with American flags with the one in the city center flying at half-staff.
As people walked the street, members of the Exchange Club were passing out flags. As one community member sat on a bench in her blue raincoat she said, “More important to be here than to be at work.”
As she skipped work to support the procession, she also carried two flags which she planned to wave for herself and a friend who couldn’t be in attendance.
“I think it is sad something like this brings the community together, but also good to see this type of support. ... This is what makes Mooresville, Mooresville,” Michelle Page said.
“I think it is pretty awesome that the community has come together,” said a woman who volunteers with Mt. Mourne Fire Department and whose boyfriend is also a firefighter.
This touches close to home for her and many other community members as well as people across the nation.
One community member remembers that this tragic loss affects more than just the family.
“It is sad, I know these guys were all like brothers… it makes you want to grab your loved ones and hold them close,” he said.
The skies grew dark as light rain started falling but no one seemed concerned with the weather, only with standing strong in a unified show of support.
On hand was also a 4-foot by 12-foot banner that will be donated to the Mooresville Police Department reading #MooresvilleStrong which was available to be signed in support of the police department.
As the procession started, everyone became quiet, as hands slowly glided toward many people’s chest in salute of what was about to happen - the last procession.
The procession included more than 2,000 public safety vehicles.
The vehicles were not only from Mooresville and surrounding counties but all over the nation.
Public safety officers came from locations such as West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, New York City and California.
Close to the end of the procession one officer grabbed the mic for the speaker in his patrol car, and expressed his thanks to the crowd as he drove slowly by “This is truly amazing, we appreciate it,” he said.