As we step back and reflect on the events of April 23-24, we at the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office realize that there are so many that we need to thank for their assistance in this team effort.
First and foremost, we want to be very careful to thank God for His provision and protection throughout this incident. We prayed for a safe and swift resolution to this event, and that is exactly what we received. We also are well aware that many of you in our community and throughout WNC were praying as well; many churches took a special time at their Wednesday night prayer meeting service to pray specifically for us and our colleagues in this effort. We do not take that for granted…Thank you all so much!
As always, this was a TEAM effort. There were many public safety agencies, businesses, and individuals who made this incident a safe, and therefore a successful, event. We greatly appreciate all of those who assisted us with our Incident Command Center, with logistics, with technology, with tips and investigative leads, etc. If anyone has been left out on this list, please let us know as soon as possible.
Rosman Fire and Rescue Connestee Fire and Rescue
Transylvania Co. Communications/911 Trans. Co. Emergency Management
The U.S. Marshals Service Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Brevard Police Department
Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Haywood County Sheriff’s Office
N.C. State Bureau of Investigation N.C. State Highway Patrol
N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement N.C. Department of Public Safety
Broad River Fire Department Papa John’s Pizza of Brevard
Ingle’s of Brevard Dollar General (Old Rosman Hwy)
Lastly, we would like to thank the citizens of Transylvania County. Thank you so much for all of the support that poured in and overflowed to YOUR Sheriff’s Office. We were overwhelmed with texts, emails, phone calls, and social media posts of love and support from this great community. We do apologize for the inconvenience of having to shut some roads down and all of the traffic checkpoints. We realize that it was time consuming and somewhat aggravating, but everyone was extremely gracious and patient. It was a tough call, but the right call. As we now know, the suspect was moving toward U.S. Highway 64 West, and the possibility of a tragedy was a very real one. So, it was necessary, but the good people of this county met those challenges with ease. Yet just another reason why Transylvania County is the very best place to work in law enforcement and public safety in the world! Thank you all very much!!!