JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State Trooper has been named Officer of the Year by the Exchange Club of Jonesboro.
Corporal Anthony Maggitt received the honor at Friday's annual luncheon, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Jonesboro.
Cpl. Maggitt was the officer who was able to safely pull over a suspect who stole a Jonesboro Police cruiser last May bringing a dangerous situation to a peaceful end.
Maggitt was nominated by his fellow trooper, Sergeant Doug Thomas, for his work in the community as well as his actions on the force.
Maggitt said he volunteers with the community, especially working with young people.
He said he helps with pregame meals with both the Jonesboro and Nettleton high school football teams.
He added he takes pride in mentoring to young men who may not have a positive male role model in their lives.
"It's very important that we look at helping people as early as possible. Putting a positive input in people's lives at a young age, I think it means the world," Maggitt said.
Maggitt is a 14-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police. He is also a veteran of the Army Reserves where he was with military police for 12 years.
"Truly I love America. I love Arkansas and I love Jonesboro. I think everybody has a responsibility and that responsibility is to serve and that's why I serve my Lord and serve this community," Maggitt said.
Along with the honor of being named Officer of the Year, Maggitt was given a new Glock pistol, a gift card to Omar's 501 Club, and a gift certificate to Cruse Uniforms and Equipment.
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