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Helping Our Own

When Johnston County Deputy Paul West was shot in the line of duty on September 11, 1995, his partner Lt. Ronald Medlin, was wounded by the gunman who killed Deputy West.  Ron retired a few years after the shooting and his health declined.  In November of 2010, Johnston County law enforcement officers were made aware Ron was in need of financial support and members of police departments across the County, along with the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police were able to raise the $2500 he needed to cover some of his expenses.  On 11 November 2010 Ron was presented with the donations - and with the reassurance that we take care of our own.


Back to School...


For the fourth consecutive year, Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 88 has donated various school supplies to Johnston County Schools to assist disadvantaged school children. During fundraising efforts held from April through July, lodge members collected more than $9,000 that helped pay for 700 book bags, boxes of crayons and bags of pencils and rulers as well as 1,400 packs of loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks and glue sticks. Image Builders of Clayton also assisted with providing supplies. FOP members led by Lodge 88 past president Jason Hutchins and treasurer Ron Freeman delivered the supplies to JCS Facility Services on Monday, where they were packaged by Central Office and Facility Services staff. Representatives from all 44 JCS schools this week will distribute the supplies to 700 select students.


A special thanks to Jason Hutchins for coordinat
ing the event and ensuring it's success and to all those who donated to Lodge 88 during our annual fundraiser; without your support we could not give back to the communities we serve.




Documenting Use of Force

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police hosted a training seminar in conjunction with the Johnston County Community College for a free class on documenting use of force.  The class was instructed instructed by John Blum from the State of North Carolina Training Academy with goals to teach police officers how to effectively document, in writing, their overall actions and decisions to employ force during a situation.  Thank you to lodge delegate Joe Dugdale for organizing this event with Mr. Blum and the Johnston Community College - and especially to Jon Blum for taking the time to share is knowledge with members of JoCo law enforcement.  For more information on the course check out Jon's website here.



New Board of Directors

Congratulations to the new board of directors elected to represent Lodge 88. A swearing in will be conducted soon and we wish them the best of luck in serving our membership! Thank you to the outgoing board for helping to create and establish JoCo Lodge 88 - and for all of their service to the order.

  • Derek L Mobley, President - NCSHP

  • Ron Daniels, Vice President - Selma Police

  • Andy Jernigan, 2nd Vice President - Clayton Police

  • Scott Holzshu, Secretary - Clayton Police

  • Ronnie Freeman, Treasurer - Clayton Police

  • Michael Baldwin, Sgt at Arms - retired LEO

  • Jeff Porter, Lodge Trustee - Clayton Police

  • Brian Obranovich, Recruitment - Smithfield Police


It's a Boy!!!



Donation to honor our fallen comrades

Our very own Andy Jernigan (lodge 88 2nd Vice President) has made a donation of $500 towards the Johnston County Memorial Foundation which lodge members and other public safety officers from across Johnston County having been working towards over the past several months.  We are very grateful to Andy for his donation and wish him a safe return from his employment in Afghanistan with a private contractor.  Lodge members are currently working with the North Carolina Landscape Architecture Society to produce a request for proposal for the construction of the memorial at the Johnston County Community College Public Safety Training Facility. 


Lodge 88 honors our fallen heroes

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009 the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police joined together to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to the community.  The memorial service and candlelight vigil were held at the Johnston County Community College BLET facility thanks to the assistance of the program director - Jason Godwin.  These heroes are no longer with us. But we can tell you in our hearts, we will always remember and be grateful for the husbands, the wife, the mothers, the fathers, the sisters, the brothers, the daughters and the  sons of our fallen comrades.  We will make sure that their names and their memories live on in the hearts, minds, and souls of our citizens for generations to come. This is our duty and our commitment to you.  Some photos from the memorial service and candlelight vigil can be seen here.


Lodge 88 makes donation to Clayton Crime Stoppers

On Thursday, April 2, 2009 - Lodge 88 made a $1000 donation to the Clayton Crime Stoppers.  Crime Stoppers is a program which collects crime information which may help police solve a crime. Some people prefer not to become involved in a police investigation and therefore may not share what they know about a crime directly with police. People who want to live in a community governed by the rule of law and who believe that justice is important should not hold crime secrets. If they can’t share the information with police directly, they can contribute by telling Crime Stoppers.   Lodge 88 is proud to support the efforts of Crime Stoppers.  Pictured to the left are Clayton Crime Stoppers president Hensley Scott and lodge 88 member Michael Baldwin presenting a check for $1000 to (both Clayton Rotary members).


Lodge 88 purchases school supplies for 500 underprivileged children


FOP Donations $500 To Wilson's Mills Fire Department

The Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has presented a $500 check to the Wilson’s Mills Fire Department to help with operations and expenses.  FOP President Jason Hutchins presented the check to Wilson’s Mills Fire Chief Ricky Barbour on Friday.  “We’re glad to help out Wilson’s Mills Fire Department,” Hutchins said. “We try to put money back in the community. It’s a good cause.”  Firemen say donations like those from the FOP help keep fire taxes low in the district.  The FOP is currently involved in a fundraising campaign. If you would like to make a donation to the Fraternal Order Of Police in Johnston County call 919-553-9124.


FOP Vice President Ryan Benson, FOP President Jason Hutchins, Wilson's Mills Fire Chief Ricky Barbour, and Wilson's Mills District Chief Bentley Powell. WTSB Photo


Heroes are NEVER forgotten!


Over 75 people attended the first annual Police Officers Memorial held Wednesday night at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield .  The event was held to honor fallen officers, as part of National Police Memorial Week, was sponsored by Lodge 88 of the NC Fraternal Order of PoliceState Senator Fred Smith of Clayton was the keynote speaker.  Lodge 88 President Jason Hutchins said the memorial and candlelight vigil will become an annual event to remember law enforcement officers in Johnston County who died while protecting others.  THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support the families of loved lost.  Additional photos from the service can be seen here.




THANK YOU to all the lodge members who took time out from their personal and professional lives to pass out Child ID / DNA kits during Smithfield's HAM AND YAM Festival on May 5th and 6th.  The ID Complete is the best of both worlds. This Kit combines fingerprinting and Whatman FTA DNA Technology. The DNA Technology is patented and widely used in crime labs and through state law enforcement applications nationally. Historically, successful storage and recovery of DNA required test tubes, hazardous buffers, ultra-low freezers and storage media.  DNA can be stored at room temperature for years and remain stable for analysis. This is an amazing product which lodge 88 was happy to share with the community we are sworn to protect.



FOP Members Deliver Easter Baskets To Needy Residents

On Friday, April 6th members of the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police brought smiles to the faces of a number of Johnston County residents by delivering Easter food baskets for those in need. Pictured are Lodge President Jason Hutchins and 2nd Vice President Jason Barnes with Elsie Sellers of Clayton.



Meals on FOP Wheels..


On December 26, 2006 members of the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police not only provided the funding for the Clayton Senior Center's meals on wheels program - they made the deliveries themselves.  Thanks to the men and women and family  members of Lodge 88, some 30 seniors were provided with a hot meal and warms smiles.




Bryan Beatty recognized for supporting Lodge 88...


Members of the Lodge 88 met with North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty on 21 November to present him with a plaque of appreciation.  Secretary Beatty was the keynote speaker at the memorial service held for Deputy Paul West on 27 September.  His presence and indelible words to Paul's family, friends & co-workers honored and reassured them Paul is not forgotten.  The members of Lodge 88 are grateful to have his support honoring our fallen comrades.



Memorial service honors fallen comrade...


Johnston County Deputy Paul West was killed in the line of duty on 11 September 1995. In March of 2006 Paul's gravesite, along with 43 others was vandalized at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Smithfield, NC.  On  27 September 2006  we held a memorial service and rededication for Paul and his family.  Bryan Beatty, Director of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety was the keynote speaker addressing how heroes are never forgotten....more here.

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John "Jack" O'Hale of Narron, O'Hale and Whittington, P.A. has agreed to represent members of Johnston County FOP Lodge 88 through the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police Defense fund.  The Legal Defense Fund is for those situations where the law enforcement officer inflicts fatal or serious injuries upon a person or persons, is sued for civil damages or prosecuted on criminal charges related to any incident that occurs within the member's scope of employment or faces suspension without pay or termination as a result of any incident that occurs within the member's scope of employment.


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