‘In God We Trust’ going up at town hall

Published 9:37 am Thursday, March 14, 2019

In God We Trust.

The words are written on the county courthouse. They are included on all Town of Mocksville vehicles.

And now, the words will be on the town hall as board members unanimously agreed last week.

Board member Brent Ward said the response from the community was overwhelmingly positive after the national motto was included on town vehicles. “Why not town hall?” he asked.

He and Town Manager Matt Settlemyer looked at the front of the building, trying to find the right place to put the motto without distracting from the looks and purpose of the building. The cost will be incurred by a private company, Ward said.

Interim Police Chief Pat Reagan recognized three officers – one who had coaxed a person to safety who was on the US 601 bridge over I-40 threatening to jump.

Cpl. B.J. Nichols talked to the person threatening suicide, and they got off the ledge and came across the road to him. The person was directed to appropriate help, Reagan said, noting that it was the fourth time Nichols had helped save a life.

Cpl. Brian Hill was also presented with a letter of commendation. He came upon a woman from out of town who was a domestic violence victim and was stranded. He stayed with the woman, calmed her down and kept her safe until other resources arrived. “He went above and beyond the call of duty,” Reagan said. That woman wrote a letter to the department saying just that.

He also recognized rookie officer Justin Sloan, who was named the VFW officer of the year.

“It’s important you know the level of professionalism of these officers,” Reagan said. “We appreciate the opportunity to serve.”

Board member Brian Williams said it is great to have officers who care for the community.

“I really appreciate what you guys do for the Town of Mocksville,” said Mayor Will Marklin.