Mount Olive, NC – A memorial service on Tuesday will honor a Wayne County congressman who was shot dead on duty.
On Friday, a procession carried the body of ECU Medical’s Wayne County Sgt. Matthew Fishman to a funeral home in Dudley. Tuesday’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Arena.
The service is not publicly available, but members of the community can watch a live stream on YouTube.
Fishman, 38, was married and the father of two children, ages 10 and 14.
He was the son of a pastor and dreamed of becoming a police officer as a child, according to his online obituary. It said: “Matthew loves his family – spending time with them has always been a top priority for the beach, day trips in eastern North Carolina or even the world’s best kickball championships.
Matthew became “Mr. Fixit” around their home working projects and making things that suit their needs and desires. He learned woodworking and built shelves, cabinets and desks for the home. No project was too easy or too difficult for him. If his family needed it, he would figure out how to do it and do it.”
Fishman died on Tuesday August 2nd.
He and two other MPs were shot dead the day before while trying to fulfill an involuntary commitment order for Jourdan Hamilton. Hamilton died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the nine-hour standoff.
Procession information for Sgt. Fischmann
Fishman’s funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the University of Mount Olive’s Kornegay Arena. After the service, there will be a procession along US Highway 117 North to Wayne Memorial Park in Dudley for the burial.
Both the funeral service and the funeral service are private events.
US 117 North will be closed to the public from NC 55 in Mount Olive to Genoa Road for the procession Tuesday between 10:45 am and 3:00 pm. US 117 South remains open to traffic.
The State Department of Transportation will use electronic message boards to notify drivers of the closure and provide detour information:
- All traffic exits US 117 N onto NC 55 at Mount Olive
- Turn right onto NC 55
- Turn left onto US 117 117 Alternate
- Turn right onto Outlaw Road
- Turn left onto Old Mount Olive Highway to rejoin US 117 at Mar-Mac.