April 15, 2008. Wallace, NC..Funeral services were held for National Guard Staff Sgt. Emanuel Pickett at the 1st Baptist Church in Wallace, NC., where he was a police officer.. SSgt. Pickett was killed on April 6, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq by indirect enemy fire. He was assigned to the 1132nd Military Police Company, North Carolina Army National Guard, Rocky Mount, N.C. and is the 8th North Carolina National Guard soldier killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.. Big John Albright, a member of the Patriot Guard, a motorcycle group that escorts the remains of soldiers and protects the families from protesters, waits across form the church as mourners arrive.