MONROE – Pauline Sherron formed the Union County Women of Law Enforcement after retiring from the sheriff's office in 2018 to stay connected to a profession she loves.
Her organization hopes to name the Skyway Drive bridge over U.S. 74 in honor of Sgt. Jeffrey Greene, a sergeant with the sheriff's office killed in the line of duty nearly seven years ago. A tractor-trailer overturned on Greene's patrol car.
“We hope that his memory will never leave us,” Sherron said. “Jeff was a friend and co-worker.”
Greene,54, was also a veteran of the Air Force and Marine Corps.
In their travels, the Union County Women of Law Enforcement have seen plenty of North Carolina bridges and roadways named in honor of military veterans or law enforcement officers. Wanting to do the same for Greene, they reached out to the N.C. Department of Transportation to learn the process and have been checking off boxes.
One of the last steps involves getting endorsements from local leaders. The Monroe City Council approved of the effort May 11. The Union County Board of Commissioners followed suit May 17.
Commissioners Stony Rushing and Richard Helms thanked the Union County Women of Law Enforcement for their efforts.
The Union County Women of Law Enforcement will pay a $2,000 administrative expense. Sherron said they raised the amount in a few days.
“It's just one thing that's on our heart to recognize Jeff and his ultimate sacrifice and hopefully to let other folks see that there are dangers we don't normally see in Union County,” Sherron said. “Hopefully, this will be the only one in the law enforcement community that will need to be done.”
County approved resolution in support
The following resolution was approved May 17 by the Union County Board of Commissioners:
RESOLUTION ENDORSING A BRIDGE NAMING IN HONOR OF SERGEANT JEFFREY W. GREENE WHEREAS, the Union County Women of Law Enforcement (UCWLF) via Ms. Pauline Sherron has requested the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to name the Skyway Drive bridge over US Highway 74 in honor of Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene; and,
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene was killed while on duty as a Union County Deputy Sheriff in a traffic accident on November 19, 2014; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene served honorably in the United States Air Force and the United States Marines for a total of 10 years; and
WHEREAS, Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene had worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Office since 2004, was a loving family man, and served on numerous mission trips to areas of natural disasters and New York in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks; and
WHEREAS, NCDOT requires a resolution of support from the Monroe City Council and the Union County Board of Commissioners to consider the bridge naming request for the Skyway Drive bridge; and
WHERAS, the naming of the Skyway Drive bridge over US Highway 74 in honor of Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene was approved by the City Council at their meeting on May 11, 2021; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Union County Board of Commissioners does hereby endorse the naming of the Skyway Drive bridge over US Highway 74 in honor of Sergeant Jeffrey W. Greene.