LUMBERTON, SC (WMBF) – When the Lumberton High School Pirates race onto the football field each Friday night this season, they will carry with them a reminder of a man who once walked the streets to serve and protect their families.
The Pirates at Lumberton High aren't the only ones paying tribute to the late Officer Jeremiah Goodson, gunned down in the line of duty on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Lumberton High Athletic Director Tripp Satterwhite offers that he wanted to place a sticker on the back of the football team member's helmets and approached the school district's athletic director with the idea. They then approached the other schools in the county who voluntarily accepted to participate.
Every football player in Robeson County now displays a black and white sticker on the back of their helmet that says "JG 45," denoting the late officer's initials and patrol car number.
One thousand numbers have been printed so far at a cost of $200. Lumberton High's first football game is next week against Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville.