FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2022
Founder and CEO - Lindsay LiCausi
Back The Blue NC, Inc. to donate $92,000 and memorial plaques to the family of Fallen NC State Trooper John Horton, as well as memorial plaque to State Highway Patrol.
Back The Blue NC will present the check along with memorial plaques at 3 pm on Sunday, April 24th 2022 to the Horton family and the NC State Highway Patrol Troop G. The presentation will be at the State Highway Patrol Forest City Substation, 596 Withrow Road Suite 108, Forest City, NC 28403.
Attendees will be members of the Horton family; Trooper Horton's widow Ashley Horton and their six children, extended family members, as well as representatives from State Highway Patrol, 1st Sergeant Everett Reid and other substation Troopers.
On January 3rd, 2022, Trooper John Horton was struck and killed by a patrol car while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road in Mooresboro at about 9:00 pm. Trooper Horton had detained the driver of a motorcycle and was standing on the shoulder of the roadway with the subject. Another trooper arriving on the scene to back him up lost control of his patrol car and collided with Trooper Horton's patrol car, which was then pushed into Trooper Horton and the detained subject. The detained subject died at the scene, and Trooper Horton died after being transported to a hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Trooper Horton had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, six children, parents, sister, and two brothers. He also leaves behind extended family, friends, and a mourning community. In order to help the Horton family, Back The Blue NC worked to raise funds through website sales and donations made by the community. In total, $91,174.86 was raised and BTBNC will round it up to $92,000. It is a mere show of giving compared to what Trooper Horton sacrificed for his community and it will never heal the pain left behind, but we hope it will help provide the family with some financial help during this stressful time. As long as we have our brave men and women of law enforcement, we will always stand ready to give back to those willing to give their all.