North Carolina Department of Correction
Correctional Officers Memorial
Officer Mike Starnes
May 20, 1999
Fairview Baptist Church
Statesville, North Carolina
Remarks by Correctional Officer Mike Starnes of Iredell Correctional Center
Officer Anthony was active in his community as well. He was involved in the North Iredell High School Raiders in Search of Excellence. Officer Anthony volunteered many hours of his time to community projects and school activities.
Officer Anthony was a man of faith. He was a member of the Sandy Springs Baptist Church and later attended Mt Sinai Evangelical Methodist Church. Officer Anthony shared his faith with not only his fellow officers, but also with the inmates that were in his charge.
On February 9, 1988, David Michael Anthony became a correctional officer. Officer Anthony was a perfectionist. His fellow officers will tell you that he completed every task which he was assigned and did it well. On May 1, 1991, Correctional Officer Anthony was promoted to the rank of Lead Correctional Officer. Anthony was assigned as a supervisor to the inmate work detail at the Iredell Correctional Center.
On October 27, 1998, while supervising an inmate work detail, Lead Officer Anthony was struck by a tire that had been propelled from a passing semi tractor trailer. He did not survive the trauma of this accident.
Lead Correctional Officer Anthony became the eighth correctional officer to have lost his life in the line of duty serving the citizens of the state of North Carolina. Lead Correctional Officer Michael Anthony was 41 years old.
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