BRINKLEY, AR (KAIT) -It was a day to remember for Arkansas Game and Fish Officer, Michael Neal as he stood in front of many to receive the Medal of Valor.
"It's kind of hard to receive. It's bitter sweet, the real heroes of the day were Bill and Brandon who lost their lives," said Officer Neal.
Officer Neal received the honor for his courage on a day that took the lives of two other officers. Several people gathered to share that moment with Neal and remembered those whose lives were taken.
"Recognize the officers that were involved in the shootout in West Memphis," said Retired Officer W.A. Wren.
A significant honor, Neal said he feels truly honored to receive it in front of those who support him.
"We have officers from all over the nation, the world here today with us to just kind of celebrate this and show the people of the community what happened on May the 20th," said Officer Neal.
Another courageous man, Retired Officer, W.A. Wren was badly wounded during the shootout. He was there to celebrate Officer Neal and said the ceremony was important for more reasons than one.
"Maybe we'll get a little closure to this situation as far as my concern," said Wren.
Officer Neal was the 58th recipient of the medal since its inception in 2001.