Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon is remembered for his ever-present smile and ability to make others laugh.
That part of his personality is on permanent display after a bench was dedicated in his honor at 152 S. Main St. Monday. The bench was the brainchild of an organization called Shades of Love LKN and its founder, Heather Edmunds.
Engraved on the bench is OFFICER JORDAN ‘SHELLY’’ ‘SMILEY’ SHELDON, along with the silhouette of a dog, paw prints, K-9 OFFICER and END OF WATCH 5-4-2019.
Edmunds said Shades of Love LKN wanted to do something to honor Sheldon, and the idea of a memorial bench arose from a similar bench at her son’s school. The bench is called a “Buddy Bench” and is there for those who are having a rough time. “You sit there and it’s an unspoken way of letting other people know you could use a hug or a smile,” Edmunds said.
Wanting a memorial to Sheldon to serve a purpose, Edmunds said this bench, next to the town’s Police and Fire Memorial Park, is doing just that. This bench will offer a quiet place for those needing a moment.
A number of Mooresville Police Department officers, including Acting Chief Ron Campurciani, were on hand for the ceremony. Sheldon’s brother, Carson Ledford, was also present. A plaque was also presented to the MPD in Sheldon’s honor. Shades of Love LKN also made a $1,500 donation to the Officer Jordan Sheldon Scholarship Memorial Fund at Mitchell Community College.
Sheldon, a K-9 officer with the MPD, was killed in the line of duty May 4 after a traffic stop.
The bench was made by Lockhart Furniture Designs in Gastonia.
Shades of Love LKN was founded four years ago to bring people together regardless of race, religion or beliefs, Edmunds said. Since then it has partnered with police and fire departments to bring first responders and local children together for community events.