Final Farewell for Union County Deputy Killed on Duty

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UNION COUNTY, NC – Hundreds bowed their heads in silence as a 21-gun salute honored Sergeant Jeffrey Greene. “That is how we honor him. And that is how we grieve,” says Captain Macky Goodman, with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

People gathered to watch as a horse-drawn caisson carried his body to Lakeland Memorial Park. “It is a sadness, that, um, I just can’t imagine,” says Monroe resident Vickie Greene. “Makes you really stop. And do a reality check that things can happen. And they can happen so fast.”

The former Airman and Marine died suddenly when the driver of a semi lost control and flipped, crushing his car. It happened at Highway 74 and Sutherland Avenue in Monroe Wednesday morning. “That’s a void that will never be filled,” Goodman says. 
 
In a service at Lakeview Baptist Church, family members held back tears as he was remembered for his compassion for others. “There were times when strangers would go to pay their bill, and the cashier would say, ‘that officer who just left, paid for your meal.’ That’s what Jeff did, because he loved people,” says Dr. Steve Jirgal.
 
And Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey choked up as he told family he couldn’t explain what happened. “Jerimiah 33:3 says, ‘Give it to God. He will answer you.’ I believe that. God Bless You, from all of us. Thank You,” he said.
 
Sergeant Greene leaves behind a wife, two children, and five grandchildren. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Eddie Weeks, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.