A fallen officer in the Stone County Sheriff’s Department was honored this week along with four other Arkansas officers by U.S. Sen. John Boozman.
On the floor of the Senate, Boozman praised the efforts of the five in recognition of National Police Week. The senator said their names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The five honorees are: Game Warden Ollie Mitts, Deputy Sheriff George Rogers, Deputy Sheriff Ulyss Baldwin, Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr, and Stone County Sgt. Michael Stephen, Sr.
Stephen was hit by gunfire and killed on July 18, 2019, while answering a domestic violence call on Flag Road in rural Stone County. For more on this incident, click here.
Below is a text of Sen. Boozman’s prepared address to the Senate and a video of his remarks as provided by his office:
Mr. President, I rise today to recognize National Police Week and honor the men and women who serve and protect our communities.
The individuals called to uphold the rule of law do so in times of crisis and serve their families, friends, and neighbors at a moment’s notice.
They are selfless public servants who courageously face danger head-on.
Law enforcement officers respond to calls for help while not knowing what challenges they will face.
We are in a unique time and experiencing unprecedented challenges in our country. Law enforcement officers are working to protect citizens while also safeguarding themselves against the unseen enemy of COVID-19.
This disease has forced departments in Arkansas—and all over the country—to change protocols in order to prevent the spread of the disease, but that hasn’t stopped the resolve, determination, and passion of officers to defend the community.
Despite this new challenge, they continue to serve with the same level of professionalism and integrity.
We’re working to provide departments and agencies with additional resources to safeguard these public safety officers. I’m pleased the Department of Justice recently awarded Arkansas nearly $7 million so we can better serve the safety needs of officers in the state and get them the personal protective equipment, gloves, masks, and sanitizer they need in order to perform their job safely. This funding is vital as the calls for assistance keep coming and police officers continue to respond to these emergencies.
I want to thank our law enforcement officers for their bravery today and always.
It takes a special person to put their life on the line every day to protect our communities. We are fortunate to have some of the very best in Arkansas.
National Police Week is a time that we honor the sacrifices of individuals who selflessly served their community and gave their lives while in the line of duty.
We preserve their legacies by adding their names to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. to serve as a reminder of their sacrifices.
This year, the names of 307 fallen officers will be added to the memorial including five Arkansans.
The names of Game Warden Ollie Mitts, Deputy Sheriff George Rogers, Deputy Sheriff Ulyss Baldwin, Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr, and Stone County Sergeant Michael Stephen Sr. are new to the memorial.
We will forever remember them as heroes.
I am a proud cosponsor of the Senate resolution marking National Police Week because we must always remember the brave officers whose lives were cut short because of their public duty and recognize those who continue to selflessly serve to keep us safe.
I am proud to honor the individuals who are called to serve and protect, and will advocate for policies that provide our communities and officers with the resources they need to protect themselves. Thank you to the officers in Arkansas and those all across the country for upholding the law, protecting communities and saving lives.
Get up-to-date local and regional news along with the latest sports and weather every weekday morning by listening to Gary B. on Ozark Newsline, broadcast from the First Community Bank Newsroom on Arkansas 103.3. White River Now updates are also aired weekday mornings on 93 KZLE, Outlaw 106.5, and 99.5 Hits Now. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email White River Now at email@example.com. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Add don’t forget to download the White River Now mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
For more local news and info from White River Now, head to our home page.