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Honoring those who have sacrificed

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sharp County's entire police force stand in formation outside the Sharp County Courthouse at a ceremony held May 14 to honor fallen officer Jeff Richardson. Photo/Tammy Curtis
The cloud covered grey sky set the gloomy atmosphere for a remembrance ceremony held May 14 to honor not only policemen during National Police Officer's week, but also Jeff Richardson, a Sharp County policeman who was killed in 1993 in the line of duty.

Richardson's mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandson were at the service at the Sharp County Courthouse honoring their loved one. Richardson's father was in the hospital undergoing surgery and his son is currently following in his father's footsteps and serving his country as a military policeman in Iraq.

The showing of Sharp County's entire police force in full uniform was both touching and a grim reminder of the job these men and women do on a daily basis to keep residents safe.

Judge Larry Brown introduced Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver who gave an uplifting speech thanking the officers for their service and commitment. Weaver then introduced former Sharp County Sheriff T.J. "Sonny" Powell, who reminisced about the old days and recollected the day Richardson lost his life. He said, "Many grown men cried unman like tears." Following Powell's speech, the ceremony was moved outside to the memorial in front of the courthouse. The Arkansas State Troopers from the area presented the colors on the bleak day as Mrs. Richardson and her daughter and daughter-in-law laid the wreath on the memorial. Each officer then saluted the memorial as they left the ceremony.

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