Mourners filled Kornegay Arena on the campus of the University of Mount Olive to bid a final farewell to Sgt. Matthew Fishman. Family, friends, dignitaries, first responders, and law enforcement were present to honor and pay tribute to the fallen deputy.
The sound of bagpipes filled the arena as the American flag-draped casket of Fishman was carried in.
Representative John Bell spoke of honor and sacrifice whether it be in a foreign country or here in Wayne County. The flag draped over the casket is a symbol of service and sacrifice. “One Flag, One Nation, All Heros,” Bell states.
Matthew Fishman’s father told of his son’s love for his faith, family, and protecting others. He quoted a verse from Psalms that his son would always add to his emails and lived by each and every day.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:1—4).
Following the funeral, the American Flag draped casket was carried out of the building by law enforcement in a horse-drawn carriage. Mourners including law enforcement and first responders lined the highway as the procession entered the Wayne Memorial Park to his final resting spot.
Fishman continues to live on in others. He was an organ donor.
Photos by GDN Photographer Bobby Williams