Onslow County Public Safety Memorial

Public Safety Memorial

The Onslow County Public Safety Memorial – “Reflected In Our Eyes” – honors 13 public safety professionals who have passed away in the line of duty.  Three silhouettes are carved out of one-inch steel, leaving spaces behind to represent the holes in the community left by those who gave their lives for others.  The sculpture was constructed by former East Carolina University School of Art & Design Professor Carl Billingsley.  A poem by North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson adorns the right panel of the memorial; the names of the fallen are inscribed on the left. The memorial’s highly-reflective surface encourages all visitors to reflect on the sacrifices of public safety workers.  After years of design and construction, an unveiling and dedication ceremony was held in September of 2016.

The memorial is located at the entrance to Burton Business and Industrial Park at NW Corridor Blvd. in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  

Honoring the Fallen:

  • James Melville Jones - Hoerner Waldorf Corporation
  • Deputy Jerry Van Barber - Onslow County Sheriff's Office
  • Officer Terry L. Lanier  - Jacksonville Police Department
  • Detective William T. Whitehead - Jacksonville Police Department
  • Rayford D. Coston - International Paper Company
  • Chief Henry "Hank" Perry - Pumpkin Center VFD
  • Firefighter Billy H. Williams - Rhodestown VFD
  • Firefighter Brandon "Buddy" Whimple - Rhodestown VFD
  • Assistant Chief Colin Gene Thomas - Verona VFD
  • Deputy Steven C. Boehm - Onslow County Sheriff's Office
  • Captain Jerry L. Scantling - Onslow County Sheriff's Office 
  • Chief Jimmy L. Davis Sr. - White Oak VFD
  • Deputy Steven J. Black - Onslow County Sheriff's Office

                                            Onslow County Public Safety Memorial Dedication Ceremony