CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On a rainy Friday morning in South Charlotte, hundreds gathered inside Calvary Church to say their final goodbyes to fallen Mooresville Police Officer, Jordan Sheldon.
The family requested that there be no media and no cameras or recording devices were allowed, however, WBTV’s Ben Williamson attended the service as a spectator.
There were law enforcement officers from both North Carolina and South Carolina as well as friends, family, and hundreds of members of the community.
At the start of the service, after the Mooresville Police Department and family entered Calvary Church, Mooresville Police K-9 officers were walked to the front of the chapel. That included Officer Sheldon’s K-9 partner Ramon and retired K-9, Loki.
“Jordan was the light of any room he entered but never wanted to be the center of attention," said Dr. John Munro. “The light is always brighter than the darkness.”
The family did not speak, but members of the Mooresville Police Department, the Mayor of Mooresville, and close friends of Jordan Sheldon shared reflections.
Mooresville Deputy Chief Gerald Childress talked about Sheldon’s infectious smile and kind heart. He also shared an interview that Officer Jordan Sheldon had done about a month before his death with a college student studying criminal justice. In that interview, Sheldon was asked if he could go back, would he still become a police officer? His response was simply, ‘absolutely.’
The Mayor of Mooresville remembered back to the time Officer Sheldon was sworn in on September 18th, 2013. He spoke about the connection that Sheldon made with the community.
“You always know this is a possibility in this job but you don’t think it will happen to someone you know,” said Detective Austin Allton with the Mooresville Police Department.
Allton was good friends with Officer Sheldon and shared personal memories and stories of their conversations. He praised Sheldon for always being the first to rush to a scene to help even if he wasn’t called to.
“You knew Jordan had your back,” said Allton.
At one point, Ryan Shannon, Jordan Sheldon’s best friend, got up and shared scripture. He went on to try and share his thoughts and memories but was to hurt to do so.
The eulogy was given by Reverend Megan Blanchard of Mill Creek Parish United Methodist. She spoke about Officer Sheldon’s desire to stay out of the spotlight and his quiet humble service to his community.
His nicknames were ‘Officer Smiley’ and ‘Shelly’ and described by family as, ‘happy, kind, thoughtful, objective, charismatic, and easy going.’
Full honors were given and hundreds of law enforcement officers and first responders accompanied Officer Jordan Sheldon’s body back to Mooresville after the service.