Local Sheriffs Respond to Scott County Sheriff’s Death

Posted on: 11:03 am, June 5, 2013, by

Wednesday afternoon, a fallen sheriff will be laid to rest after he was killed in the line of duty.

Local sheriff’s will get the closure they are needing, as Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter will be buried in Waldron.

A funeral service for Sheriff Carpenter is set for 1 p.m. at the Waldron High School football field.

Hundreds of local law enforcement, friends and family members will be there honoring the life of Sheriff Carpenter.

Carpenter died alongside Wildlife Officer Joel Campora while the two were trying to save two women from severe flooding early Friday morning.

All four of their bodies were later recovered.

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck and Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder expressed their sadness at the loss of a man they called their friend.

“He died doing the very thing that he swore he would do, which is protect and serve. It was tragic, and the law enforcement community suffered a great loss because of it. He has honored every law enforcement officer in the country with his actions,” Sheriff Cradduck said.

Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder said Carpenter was brave.

“We’re always going to put others in front of ourselves. We’re always going to sacrifice our own comfort for somebody elses. Fortunately this doesn’t happen alot, but it has happened over this weekend, Cody didn’t survive that decision. That wouldn’t have changed his decision. He was going to do whatever it took to try and get those ladies out of that trailer.”

Governor Mike Beebe has ordered Arkansas state flags to fly at half staff to honor Sheriff Carpenter and honor wildlife officer Joel Campora.