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Sgt. Jeff Greene

MONROE — Former Union County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeffrey (Jeff) Wayne Greene will be honored with a bridge dedication on Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m., according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO).

The ceremony, which will name the bridge on Skyway Drive that crosses over U.S. 74 after Greene, will be held on the 7-year anniversary of Greene’s death. He was killed “when his patrol car was crushed by a tractor trailer on U.S. 74 at Sutherland Avenue,” according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (odmp.org). He was stopped in a turn lane when a tractor trailer flipped and landed on his patrol car, per the report. The driver, Eddie Weeks of Greensboro, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Greene died at the age of 54, and was a month away from 10 years served for the Sheriff’s Office.

Greene had a lengthy history of service to his fellow Americans. He achieved the rare distinction of being a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps, per ODMP.org.

He was survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.

The bridge dedication ceremony will be hosted by the Union County Women of Law Enforcement and the North Carolina Department of Transportation at 1601 Skyway Dr. in Monroe in the Motorama Classic Cars parking lot.

Greene’s death was the first UCSO employee death while in the line of duty, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Monroe City Council approved the bridge dedication on May 11, and six days later the Union County Board of Commissioners did the same.