North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officer A.J. Stocks’ life of service was honored at Arlington National Cemetery on December 1, 2008. His life was tragically cut short on September 9, 2008 while on a service call. Trooper Stocks was a United States Marine Corps veteran, 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army National Guard and served tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He had just returned home from the war in Iraq exactly one year before the day he died. A caravan of buses and cars full of family, friends and colleagues made the trip from North Carolina to honor this fallen hero. Trooper Stocks leaves behind a wife and a young daughter. He was just 43 years old.