Authorities are warning residents about scams involving donations for the families of a sheriff and a wildlife officers killed during a swift water rescue in Scott County last week.
Someone claiming to be from the Arkansas State Police Association or local police organizations has been calling area residents in an attempt to get money, according to Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Dorney.
The suspect claims to be raising money for the families of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Joel Campora.
Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen says his office also received a warning from the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association about the scam.
There are legitimate accounts sent up at First National Bank, Community National Bank and Chambers Bank in Waldron for those who would like to offer support to the families, Boen said. However, no one from any association is calling and asking for contributions.
Carpenter, 41, and Campora, 32, lost their lives while attempting to rescue two women in a home off Highway 71 when storms and flood waters swept through Y-City in Scott County May 31. Vivian Reimer and Regina “Kay” Shearn, 60, also died after rising waters caused the home the two women were in to implode.