North Carolina Division
Join Now

Pasquotank Memorial Shadow Boxes

Carla Elkins and Eric Brainard prepared and presented a presentation in downtown Elizabeth City on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the waterfront gazebo to honor the fallen officers of Pasquotank Correctional Institution. 
  
The families of the murdered Pasquotank Correctional employees’ families were honored with memorial shadow boxes.  It was a small outdoor program to honor and show support for the Pasquotank Correctional employees who lost their lives from the incident on October 12, 2017. 
 
To honor the deaths of Correctional Officer Justin Smith, Officer Wendy Shannon, Correction Enterprises Manager Officer Veronica Darden, and Correctional Maintenance Mechanic Geoffrey Howe, Corrections Chapter Board member Carla Elkins presented shadow boxes to the families’ members that Eric Brainard (a correctional officer from New Jersey) had made. The PBA supported this and worked with Carla to absorb the costs.  
 
Wendy Shannon was an NCPBA member whose beneficiary received the accidental death benefit from SSPBA and her family received further assistance from the Police Benevolent Foundation.
 
Family members attended to receive shadowboxes in honor of Correctional Officers Justin Smith and Wendy Shannon, Correction Unit Manager Veronica Darden. The shadowbox   for Geffrey Howe, a mechanic with in Institution, was received by David Hill, the Correctional Unit Manager, on behalf of Howe’s family. 
 
On October 12, 2017, inmates attempted to escape the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City. Four prison employees were killed.  This escape has been described as one of the deadliest escape attempts in North Carolina History. The escape came from the facility’s sewing plant, where one correctional officer was left to guard over 30 inmates. 
 
The inmates attacked the officers with scissors and hammers as they attempted to flee. One inmate made a face call over the radio, claiming an inmate disturbance on the opposite side of the prison. The inmates were determined to flee and told officers the only way to stop them would be to kill them.  
 
The N.C. Department of Public Safety announced last year that officers have to start basic correctional officer training when they begin their second week on the job. DPS's website also reports the backlog of officers without basic training wasn't eliminated until last week.[1]
 
         
 
 
 

[1]Source http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2018/03/23/Fallen-prison-workers-honored-Families-presented-shadowboxes.html#.WrZ4EDCJpmc.facebook

 

Family member of Wendy Shannon accepts shadow box. 

 

 

The Darden family, Smith family and Shannon family with Corrections Chapter

Board member Carla Elkins and Shadowbox creator Eric Brainard.

 

Ms. Parks and Ms. Pruden (HR staff from Pasquotank).

 

 

Eric Brainard with Ron Wesson.

 

Mr. Ron Wesson and Carla Elkins.

 

Justin Smith's mom and brother accept shadowbox.

 

North Carolina News
North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Endorsements for General Election

September 20, 2018

A vote for these candidates is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve!

more
The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association Supports Lawsuit Filed by Greenville Officers

August 21, 2018

The North Carolina PBA held a press conference on Monday, August 21, 2018 in Greenville, NC regarding concerns of Greenville law enforcement officers. In response to egregious continued efforts to interfere with the efforts of Greenville police officers to enforce state and local law and to protect the citizens of Greenville, several of those police officers have filed a lawsuit today against Kandie Smith individually and in her official capacity as a member of the City Council of Greenville for tortious interference with their contracts of employment and obstruction of justice, among other causes of action. North Carolina PBA and the local PBA membership stand with these Greenville officers as they challenge the improper actions of Ms. Smith.

more