Correctional Employee Memorial

We offer this tribute to honor our co-workers who died on the job or due to injuries sustained while in service to the corrections system of the State of North Carolina.


Officer James S. Chesser of Central Prison was killed while working on death row in 1939.

Officer Kermit Dale Jackson of Alexander Correctional Center was killed in a road squad accident in 1960.

Officer Earl Cranston Strickland of Robeson Correctional Center was shot and killed by an escaping inmate in 1969.

Dental Assistant Jenette W. Fish of Triangle Correctional Center was killed in 1975 by an inmate.

Officer Randall C. Cupp of Alexander Correctional Center was killed in 1986 by a former inmate when he was called to a dispute near his home.

Officer William V. Lee, a probation unit supervisor, was killed in a traffic accident in 1989.

Officer Alan P. Kirk of Caledonia Correctional Institution was killed in an on-duty traffic accident in 1991.

William Joseph Davis, a truck driver for Central Engineering, was killed in a roadside accident in Raleigh in 1998 when he stopped to adjust the load on his trailer.

Officer David Michael Anthony of Iredell Correctional Center was killed in an accident in 1998 while supervising an inmate road squad along Interstate 77.

Probation/Parole Officer David Cortner was killed in on-duty traffic accident in 1999.

Officer Shannon Smith of Johnston Correctional Institution was hit and killed by a driver in 1999 while supervising an inmate road squad along U.S. 70.

Correctional Officer Jimmy Fisher of Rowan Correctional Center died in 2007, the result of an accidental poisoning.

Correctional Officer Edward Pounds of Neuse Correctional Institution died in 2010 after injuries sustained from an attack by an inmate months earlier.

Probation/Parole Officer Jeffrey Settle was killed in an on-duty traffic accident in 2011.

Correctional Officeer William Wright of Mountain View Correctional Institution died in 2012 after a fall from a ladder.

Sgt. Meggan Callahan of Bertie Correctional Institution was killed in 2017 by an inmate.

Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden was killed in 2017 during an inmate escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution.

Correctional Officer Justin Smith of Pasquotank Correctional Institution was killed in 2017 during an inmate escape attempt.

Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon of Pasquotank Correctional Institution died in 2017 from injuries sustained during an inmate escape attempt.

Maintenance Mechanic Geoffrey Howe of Pasquotank Correctional Institution died in 2017 from injuries sustained during an inmate escape attempt.