LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT)—A Region 8 Arkansas State Police corporal has been named Trooper of the Year.
At a ceremony Tuesday in Little Rock, Corporal Ronnie Stewart of Mammoth Springs received the award along with the department's Medal of Valor. Corporal Stewart was honored for his act of bravery in saving the lives of two men who had become trapped inside a burning home north of Salem in Fulton County.
According to ASP, on July 7, 2010, while on patrol, Corporal Stewart responded to a local fire to control traffic in the area. He was one of the first responders on the scene. When he arrived, Corporal Stewart heard a man calling from inside the burning structure. He crawled into the house and saw the man trying to drag his son from the flames. Corporal Stewart grabbed the man's belt and pulled him and his son to safety, then administered first aid until medical assistance arrived.
Also nominated for Trooper of the Year was Trooper First Class Flarcell Tate of Marion for his patrol work. During 2010 he netted 102 DWI arrests.
Corporal Shelby Clark of Wynne was also recognized for his assistance in identifying evidence associated with the murder of 80-year-old Lillian Wilson inside Central United Methodist Church of Hamilton in Cross County.
Trooper Gary Ladner of Marion was recognized for negotiating with a person who was threatening to commit suicide by jumping from the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge in West Memphis.
Corporal Frank McMillion of Forrest City was recognized for rendering aid to a driver trapped onboard a wrecked vehicle submerged in a flooded ditch.
Trooper Brandon Bennett of Blytheville was recognized for assisting local law enforcement investigating numerous home burglaries and home invasions. His work led to the arrest of one of the suspects that closed the case.