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Wallace Police detective dies, 14 wounded in Iraq attack

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WALLACE -- A North Carolina National Guard soldier has died from wounds sustained during an attack that wounded 14 other soldiers assigned to his unit in Iraq. The Department of Defense said Tuesday that Staff Sgt. Emanuel Pickett, 34, of Teachey, died Sunday in Baghdad. Wallace Police Det. Emanuel Pickett was serving in Iraq with the National Guard. National Guard spokesman Maj. Matt Handley said Pickett and the other soldiers were hit during mortar or rocket attacks on their base. Handley said the wounded included nine soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard and five from New Hampshire who were attached to the MP company. Wallace Police Chief Bobby Maready says Pickett was more than just a co-worker: he was a good friend, too. He said, "Everybody's got a big void that's not going to be filled for a long time, everybody is still in shock about it." Maready and his team are stunned that their fellow officer is dead. He said, "It's a tragedy. We're all going to miss him, police are a really close bunch, especially in a small department. It's more like a member of your family than a co-worker." Maready says that Pickett was helpful, easy-going and never complained -- not even the day he had to leave for Iraq. "This was his second tour and he never complained never grumbled about going back," Maready said. "It was something he was proud to do." But sadly, Pickett's second trip back to Iraq ended in tragedy. Maready was told Pickett was killed in a bomb attack. The tragic news of his death hit the police department hard. "He's going to be sorely missed," Maready said. "It's going to be tough on everybody." There's no word yet on funeral arrangements or when his body will be sent back to the US. Det. Pickett has three children.

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"manny", you were our squad leader because you had to be, you were our friend because you wanted to be, you will be missed brother, we love you "manny" your squad 2-1.

SSG Pickett

I had the pleasure of working with SSG Pickett. He was one of my finest Military Police officers. He was dedicated to ever aspect of his job, especially when it came to leading subordinate soldiers. died surrounded by the very soldiers that he sought to protect and teach. His last moments were spent looking out for them. The time we spent together at work and play will not be forgotten. We must drive on and learn from his greatness. We must trust in God, and let him guide us through this tradgedy. We must never forget

THank you

I want to say first of all I am sorry for your loss. Secondly I want to say thank you, It takes a special person to serve our country and be a public servant. It is a sad day when we lose a good man. Your love one paid the ultimate price, and I want to thank him for my freedom that he so proudly served. William Eads Leland Nc Retired Emt/Firefighter Charleston Wv.

In loving memory of Emmanuel Pickett

To my classmate, Vivian Pickett, as well as your family (especially your mother)in the passing of Emmanuel. I am in complete shock to hear this news. Emmanuel did so well with his life in such a short period of time, its amazing that his "journey through this barren land" is over, now he is able to "walk around heaven all day." I thank God for Emmanuel (although my heart hurts) and I hope that we can learn from his pleasant disposition and meek (yet powerfully resounding) mannerisms. He left a great legacy for his children and all of us to learn from. I love all of you and GOD IS WITH YOU, TRUST IN HIM. Dr. Jannetta (Pigford) Jordan

Re: In my prayers

I was deepley saddened to read of this story. My heart goes out to every touched by the loss of a wonderful person. My God hold you in the palm of his hand at this difficult time. It is people like Mr. Pickett that make this country wonderful. Thank you for his service.

Thank you

Thank you sir.

May God Bless the family and

May God Bless the family and co-workers of Det.Pickett Your service will never be forgotten! Thank you!

Detective Pickett!

What a handsome man and gorgeous smile! My heart breaks for his family and friends! May God be with all of you through this time!

God Bless the family of this

God Bless the family of this wonderful man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

E-man... you will be missed

To the entire Pickett family, especially his childern, you are in my thoughts and prayers.. I had the honor of working beside Emanuel for 8 years.. I thought of him as family and i loved him like a brother. He was a person you could always count on and trust with your life. "He always had a smile on his face". Emanuel is now walking his beat on heavens street.. thank you e-man for protecting everyone. not only as a police officer on the homefront but, also as a soilder. To me you will always be WPD 203.. A TRUE HERO...UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN.......

A Good Officer & Gentleman

It sounds like Mr. Pickett was a good police officer in Wallace that gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. If more officers were outstanding citizens ready to protect their county and their country, then Brunswick County wouldn't have the mess they have now. I would like to extend my condolences to his wife, children, and family. His ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our country is worthy of all the respect due other officers have died in the line of duty.

He was a great man who willl

He was a great man who willl be missed. it is a terrible tragedy that the town of Wallace will live with. He has three children who miss him dearly. I have never heard a bad word said about Emmanuel. God bless him and his family.

God Bless You

My thoughts and prayers are with your family and co-workers. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Det. Pickett

from my family to yours we are truly sorry for your loss.Would like to say thank you Det. Pickett for your brave scarificies in which you had to make for your country and for each family you have helped . You will never be forgotten.

Det Pickett

This was a good man who loved everyone -- his family, friends, and children. You never saw him without that million dollar smile. He worked hard, he was honest, and just a great guy. Even when serving on the police department, he was a inspiration to everyone who knew him. My condolences go out to the Pickett family, the Wallace Police Department, and most of all, his children. The world will mourn this loss for a long time.

You Will Be Remembered

We all are so sorry for the Pickett family's loss. Our hearts and prayers are with them during this difficult time

Your sacrifice will not be

Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Thank you so much for serving.

Det. Pickett

To the family, friends and fellow officers of Det. Pickett, God Bless you and keep you. I truly am sorry for your loss.

Det. Pickett

We, the fellow co-workers and friends of Emanuels wife Keisha and his mom Mary share with them in this tragic loss of a wonderful man. We know they are so very proud of him in all of his life's endeavors. Our prayers, love and support are with them as with his children, dad, brothers and sisters and all his dear family and friends.