WALDRON (AGFC) –
Wildlife Officer 1st Class Joel Campora has been named the Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission Officer of the Year. Campora died May 31 during a
water rescue attempt in western Arkansas.
His body was
recovered June 2 near the location where flood waters from Mill Creek
and the Fourche La Fave River also took the lives of Scott County
Sheriff Cody Carpenter and two women.
been a wildlife officer with the AGFC since 2007. He was assigned to
Scott County and lived in Waldron with his wife and two children.
now be nominated to become the Southeastern Association of Fish and
Wildlife Agencies officer of the year. He was noted for the many
community-based events he attended. Campora was an instructor for
boating education and hunter's education classes. He also participated
in several school programs at Waldron High school. He also worked at
the Outdoor Youth Expo and organized kid's fishing derbies. Campora also
worked boating safety by participating in Operation Dry Water and the
Big Bass Bonanza on the Arkansas River.
to being involved with public relations programs, Campora had spent a
great deal of time assisting youth in his community. He was a Deacon in
his church and served as a youth leader and mentor.
worked closely with city, county, state and federal law enforcement
agencies in Scott County. He assisted the U.S. Forest Service by
conducting deer decoy sets, illegal dump sites, boating, littering
enforcement, alcohol and drug enforcement and marijuana eradication on
National Forest land.
instrumental in developing information that assisted the Federal Bureau
of Investigation in arrests of individuals involved in a large
international drug distribution network that was operating within the