We are requesting the public's support to have the Smithfield Town Council adopt resolution #511(12-2012). This resolution seeks to have the US Highway 70/West Market Street Neuse River Bridge named in memory of Deputy Clendon Paul West, Sr.
DEPUTY CLENDON PAUL WEST, SR.
February 2, 1968 – September 11, 1995
Deputy Clendon Paul West, Sr. was killed while engaged in the performance of his official duties on Monday morning, September 11, 1995 at 27 years old.
On February 2, 1968, Paul was born in Smithfield, North Carolina. Paul was raised as a good, simple, Christian, country boy here in Johnston County. He graduated from Smithfield-Selma High School in 1986. Paul joined the United States Marine Corps and after an honorable discharge, returned to Johnston County, his home.
Paul became a jailer at the Johnston County jail in 1989. He then went on to complete Basic Law Enforcement Training in Johnston County in 1992. Paul then joined the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy, number 160.
While Paul enjoyed being a deputy, Paul enjoyed being a father more. Paul spent countless hours as a coach in Smithfield, Wilson Mills, Princeton, and Selma. He coached t-ball, little league baseball, and pee-wee football. He truly enjoyed working in the community and would volunteer to work countless hours as high school football games and school dances.
On the Monday morning of September 11, 1995, Paul along with Lt. Ronald Medlin went to the house of Jose Rosado to verify the address. The first thing Paul said to the subject was, "Hey good buddy." The last thing Paul said was, "Please don’t." Paul suffered one shot to his groin area, multiple blunt-force injuries to his head, neck, lower chest area, and left shoulder. Ultimately, he was fatally shot point blank in the chest. Lt. Ronald Medlin sustained serious injuries including three serious wounds to the right side of his chest. Jose Rosado a/k/a Angel Guevara is now under a sentence of death for the first degree murder of a law enforcement officer and was also convicted and sentenced for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for the wounds sustained by Lt. Medlin.
The US Highway 70 Bridge in Smithfield is significant for several reasons. This bridge is located just outside of the courthouse in the middle of a town and community Paul loved and protected. Many officers cross that bridge daily and many crossed that bridge on the morning of September 11th, 1995 rushing to the aid of Lt. Medlin and Paul. This bridge is also the last bridge my brother’s body ever crossed before arriving at his final resting place.
Paul was a simple guy doing his job and for that he lost his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, including many hours fishing in the very river this bridge crosses. Paul not only was loved by his family and friends but also by his fellow officers and community as shown by the tributes left on the Officer’s Down Memorial Page.
Angie West email@example.com