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Police Officer Justin Wester Receives Congressional Badge of Bravery

June 2016

On June 1, 2016, Officer Justin Wester was presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery by Senator Thom Tillis and Representative Walter Jones at historic New Bern City Hall in the courtroom chambers. Officer Wester, formerly a New Bern Police Officer, was awarded the badge for his bravery and courage while responding to a call on March 28, 2014 in which his colleague, Officer Alexander Thalmann, was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect. Officer Wester also suffered a gunshot that night, but returned fire upon the suspect, a convicted felon, fatally wounding him.