When first responders are killed in the line of duty, other first responders salute their service and memory. On April 3, 2024, one of four first responders killed while trying to serve a warrant on April 29, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Joshua Eyer, was laid to rest with thousands of law enforcement officers, EMTs and firefighters saluting their service. Officers from across the nation, some as far as Long Island (NY) and Washington DC, lined the streets of Uptown Charlotte as dozens of law enforcement vehicles escorted Officer Eyer’s body from First Baptist Church in Charlotte to his final resting place at Sharon Memorial Park.

On Monday, April 29, 2024, the US Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force (CRFTF) comprised of various agencies were serving an arrest warrant on a wanted felon in possession of firearms in the Shannon Park neighborhood of East Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department North Tryon Division officers responded to initially assist the Marshals. As Marshals and officers approached the residence, the suspect began firing on the officers from a second-floor window with an automatic rifle striking multiple officers. Eight officers were struck by gunfire, four of whom made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg North Tryon Division Officer Joshua Eyer joined CMPD in October 2017 and served 12 years in the North Carolina Army National Guard with two deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait. Just weeks before his ultimate sacrifice, Eyer was recognized as Officer of the Month for April by CMPD Chief of Police Johnny Jennings. Officer Eyer was not scheduled to work on the day the ambush occurred but stepped up to work extra hours to spend time with family at an event later that week. Officer Eyer exemplified what it meant to be a dedicated police officer and serve his community. He leaves behind his wife Ashley and three-year-old son Andrew.

US Deputy Marshal Thomas Weeks, Jr., was a 13-year veteran of the US Marshals Service (USMS), serving in the Western District of North Carolina for the past 10 years. Weeks started his career with the USMS in November 2011 in Washington DC, before transferring to Charlotte in February 2014. Weeks, a resident of Mooresville, leaves behind a wife and four children. [A memorial service was held for US Deputy Marshal Thomas Weeks, Jr., on May 6, 2024.]

North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Investigator Samuel ‘Sam’ Poloche grew up in Newton and served with the Department of Adult Correction for 14 years and was assigned to the Special Operations and Intelligence Unit. He was assigned as a task force member of US Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was passionate about his job and protecting the community. Investigator Poloche leaves behind a wife and two children. [A memorial service was held for Investigator Sam Poloch on May 13, 2024.]

North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections Investigator William ‘Alden’ Elliott started his law enforcement career in 2008 with the Overland Park Police Department in Overland Park (TX) before moving to North Carolina. He joined the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections in 2010 as a parole officer before moving to the Special Operations and Intelligence Unit in 2016 working along with Investigator Poloche. Elliot leaves behind a wife and child. [A memorial service was held for Investigator William ‘Alden’ Elliott on May 9, 2024.].

– Officer photos provided; Fire News photos by FullyInvolvedMediaGroup.com

Marshal Thomas Weeks, Jr.

William Alden Elliott

Joshua Eyer

Samuel Poloche