"Honor, Pride and
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Unit has been
established to represent Sheriff McMahon and all of their fellow
deputies. Under the command of Lt. Don Warnick and at direction of team
leader Lt. Curtis Barnhill, the Honor Guard performs
at various events to offer support, fellowship and brotherhood to the
officers, families, friends and citizens of New Hanover County.
Deputies serving in the Honor Guard also maintain other full-time
responsibilities within the Sheriff's Office.
In 1987 the New
Hanover County Sheriff's Office was awarded the Grand National trophy
for 'best dressed uniform." The Honor Guard maintains that integrity
with its uniform. In January 2004, Sheriff S.A. Causey and Chief Deputy
W.T. Parker redesigned the Honor Guard uniform to what it is today.
Each member takes pride in the wearing of that uniform and adheres to
the Sheriff's Office standard of Appearance, Performance, and Demeanor.
In May of 2007, the Honor Guard Team went to Washington, D.C. and
competed in the Fraternal Order of Police Honor Guard National Team
Competition. It was the first time they had ever competed. The team
placed 11th overall in the event.
The team was given the honor to stand watch over the Memorial Wreath at
the National Law Enforcement Memorial. The team also assisted the
United States Secret Service Uniform Division at the two main entrance
gates in checking and verifying the identification of all uniformed
police officers attending the ceremonies held on the grounds of the
United States Capital. The guest speaker was President George W. Bush.
We checked in about 5,000 + police officers from all over the world.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard was the only
outside police unit used for this detail.
Honor Guard Team -
Other functions include patriotic celebrations, presentation of colors
at numerous church and social events and annual participation in the
North Carolina azalea festival. The team is also the honor guard for
funerals of law enforcement and military officers when requested by
families. The team has also been asked by Sheriff McMahon to send Honor
Guard members to all North Carolina law enforcement officer's funerals
that were killed in the line of duty. The team continues to serve with
the utmost "honor, pride and commitment" for the sheriff, fellow
officers and the citizens of New Hanover County.
2006 and 2007
Azalea Festival Parade
Lt. Don Warnick at (910)