LITTLE ROCK — Fallen officers from the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas Department of Correction, the McCrory Police Department and, in an incident from last week, the Yell County Sheriff’s Office, were honored on the Senate floor Monday.
In remarks observing Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week, U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., paid tribute to Arkansas officers who will have their names added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
“This year, nearly 400 names will be added to the memorial including these Arkansans: Robert Baker, a patrolman for the McCrory Police Department, who died while serving the people of Woodruff County on Sept. 15, 2016; Cpl. Bill Cooper of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, who gave his life in the line of duty on Aug.10, 2016; and Corrections Officer Lisa Mauldin, who died in service to the community on Dec. 18, 2016,” Boozman said.
“These Arkansans represent the selfless sacrifice that our law enforcement personnel embody. It is a true testament to the life that they chose to serve the community,” he said.
Boozman added, “I’m sad to say Mr. President, that the name of another Arkansas law enforcement officer will be carved into the memorial. Yell County sheriff’s deputy Kevin Mainhart was killed in the line of duty last week. He was a veteran officer with more than 20 years serving and protecting Arkansas communities.”
Mainhart, 46, was shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop in Yell County. James Arthur Bowden, 42, has been arrested in his slaying and the shooting deaths of two other people.
“I offer my condolences and my gratitude to his family, friends and the law enforcement community as they cope with this unspeakable tragedy. Our law enforcement officers are true heroes,” Boozman said.