Dr. Boozman's Check-up
May 12 2014
Law enforcement officers from Arkansas and across the country will join together in Washington, D.C. this week to honor the men and women who died in the line of duty.
May 15th marks Peace Officers Memorial Day. Each May during National Police week we honor the men and women who died in the line of duty by adding their name to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. We honor the 286 officers whose names have been added to the Memorial, 100 who made the ultimate sacrifice during 2013 and 186 who died in service to our communities in previous years. We honor the Arkansans whose dedication and service to community safety cost them their life. The following Arkansans have been added to the Memorial:
- Conway Police Officer William McGary who died in February 2013 after being hit by an intoxicated driver while directing traffic at the scene of an accident
- Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife officer Joel Campora gave his life in May 2013 while attempting to rescue citizens trapped in flash floods
- Sebastian County deputy Terry Johnson died in March 2013 as a result of injuries from a car accident
- Faulkner County deputy Hans Fifer died in April 2013 of a heart attack while trying out with the agency’s SWAT team
- Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter gave his life in May 2013 while attempting to rescue Scott County citizens trapped in flash floods
- Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force coordinator Larry Johnson died in March 2013 after suffering a heart attack while chasing a suspect
- Fayetteville Assistant Police Chief Elmo Ritchie died in October 1968 after suffering a heart attack while attempting to place an individual in custody
- Texarkana Police Department patrolman Richard Choate was killed in May 1922 after being shot in the abdomen six times by a robbery suspect
- Rogers Police Department constable Will Dalton was shot and killed in January 1891during an attempt to arrest two robbery suspects
We recognize, not only during National Police Week, but all year long, the devotion of the 900,000 law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to make our communities safer. They truly are on the front lines, walking some of the toughest beats in America, and keeping our streets safe.