I have been wanting to post a tribute to a fallen NC State Trooper who was needlessly shot down while on patrol last week. You can find out more accurate details at other sites, but bottom line he pulled a man over just near the Canton NC exit on I-40. There was a scuffle and 24 year old Trooper Blanton was shot 2 times and later died of his injuries.
Trooper Blanton was buried last Saturday and the funeral was held at Lake Junaluska. The funeral procession drove through Maggie Valley bringing Trooper Blanton to his resting place in Whittier. Hundreds of people lined HWY 19 from the lake through Maggie Valley and into Cherokee to pay final respects. It was one of the most incredible things we have ever seen in our lives. Police from all over. We should have counted cars, but I would say there was at least 200 police cars in the procession! I will post some pictures when we get them, but WOW!A great tribute to fallen hero!
We send our best to the family especially Trooper Blantons wife. At the time he was fighting for his life in the hospital, his 2 week old premature son was fighting for his life in the same hospital. We got word yesterday that the child was placed on life support and was in critical condition. We hope and pray that this child has the strength to pull through. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Please click on the link for a short video tribute to Trooper David Shawn Blanton g540