CONCORD, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The body of slain Mooresville police officer Jordan Sheldon was escorted to Concord on Tuesday.
People were stopped all along the highway in Charlotte, American flags were draped from trucks, police officers and firefighters were on standby to salute Officer Sheldon, and there wasn't a dry eye on the bridge over I-85.
The hero who gave his life while serving others is now home.
“It feels like it's close to being like a family member, you know these guys they're out there to protect all of us,” said Donald Corntassel, who works iwht the Mt. Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department.
The long line of police cars and fire trucks guided Officer Sheldon to Hartsell Funeral Home where he will remain until Friday.
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Sheldon was a member of the K9 team who was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday.
“There's people in here this is their best friend their brother, their everything, and it's sad to see, I also think about his dog, his dog had to witness that we all have dogs we all love our pets,” said Evan Workman, who attended Central Cabarrus HIgh School with Sheldon.
The Concord Police K9 unit also came to pay their respects to the fallen hero. Fire departments flew the American flag from ladder trucks, and a man and woman draped an American flag over their car as they watched the procession.
Others came to show support for Sheldon’s family and his brothers and sisters in blue.
“Anybody that puts their lives on the line every day-- you need to pay your respects to them,” Concord resident Scott Ross said.
Workman remembers him as a protector.
“Just one of those people he was always nice, looked out for us just a great guy,” he said.
A hero who will soon be laid to rest with a final salute. A procession will carry Sheldon to Calvary Church in Charlotte on Friday, May 10 for his funeral. It is set to begin at 11 a.m.