This is a story of how this Hero LIVED:
New Bern Police Department, North Carolina
Police Officer Alexander E. Thalmann – U.S. Marine
End Of Watch: 03-31-14 (1st of 2 this day)
Rookie Police Officer Alexander Thalmann, 22, was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect. A second young Officer also shot and wounded (details below). Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Ofc. Thalmann had been Saving, Serving, and Protecting the People of New Bern for just seven months. But this True Blue Warrior answered his call to serve our beloved country and her People when he joined the United States Marine Corps. Lance Corporal Thalmann was currently serving as a Marine Corps Reservist with the Combat Logistic Battalion 451, Raleigh, North Carolina. In August of 2013, Brother Alex was sworn to oath for the New Bern Police Department where he brought with him his Courage, Dedication, and Integrity.
Extremely well-disciplined, Officer Thalmann greeted each new day with his ‘armor’ polished, inside and out, and with a positive attitude. A fearless young man who wanted nothing more than to make a difference in his small corner of the world. Brother Alex took no time to gain respect from his fellow Officers who quickly learned that this True Blue was willing to do anything and everything asked of him, and he did it all with a smile. Ofc. Thalmann was eager to assist whomever needed help and it didn’t stop at just those he worked along side of …
Ofc. Thalmann loved being out and about mingling with the residents. He took time to stop and speak with folks and reminded them that the Police were there to help them. He connected well with the youth and was already making a name for himself as one who you could go to, whether it be for help or to give information. And when dealing with those who broke the law, Ofc. Thalmann commanded his scene but always had his compassion at the ready. He listened to all sides of ‘the story’ and then took appropriate action but he was always humane when doing so, treating everyone with fairness.
This Brave and Benevolent Son and Brother of Blue was just starting his adult life. He had so much to offer us and though he was among us for such a short time, he has managed to leave us all with so much. May we carry forward and continue on his legacy he was creating by placing him upon our shoulders as we enter into our daily arenas and doing this work the way he knew it should be done … by Living As Only A Hero Could. May we always feel our young Brother’s hand on our backs knowing he has our six covered. And may we vow to his parents that we will never let their son be forgotten.
On 28 March 2345hours, Officer Thalmann had stopped a subject who was acting suspicious. Keeping to his oath to protect all, Ofc. Thalmann simply wanted to make sure this man was okay and ascertain his reasons for acting the way he was. This should have been no big deal, stop, talk, and then be on your way. That was not to be.
As Ofc. Thalmann and the subject were speaking, all of a sudden the man took off running. Brother Alex called for assist and the foot chase was on. With no warning, and as fellow Officer Justin R. Wester, 23, showed on scene, the suspect pulled out a handgun, turned toward the Officers, and began firing his weapon. Officer Thalmann was struck by gunfire to his face. Officer Wester was shot in his leg. The Officers fired back, killing the gunman. Both Officers were transported to the hospital. Ofc. Wester, who has 28 months on the force, was treated for his through-and-through wound and released the next day. Ofc. Thalmann was critical but was starting to show signs of stabilization the next day and he continued to fight tough to survive, Sadly, and with a heavy heart, that was not to be … this proved to be our Brother’s final battle … Police Officer Alexander Thalmann succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced just after 1300hours 31 March 2014 with his family by his side.
Alex leaves behind his mom and his dad, who is also a Police Officer. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Thalmann family, the Men and Women of the New Bern PD, the U.S. Marines, and all responding agencies, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero. Special healing thoughts and prayers extend to our Brother, Officer Justin Wester and his family.
Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come … In Our Brothers Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Son.
Rest In Peace Police Officer Alexander E. Thalmann # 190 … We Have The Watch From Here. SALUTE!
Semper Fi Marine!
~written by Nessie for True Blue Warriors~www.facebook.com/truebluewarriors
State Bureau of Investigation is leading this investigation.
cop killer, 35, deceased.