PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Two widows who lost their husbands years apart became closer following a ceremony honoring their husbands.
Greene County Sheriff David Carter presented Belinda Huffine and Donna Mayfield with plaques and badges Monday morning to commemorate their husbands' service.
Carter said he found the former deputies' badges at the sheriff's department and felt each belonged somewhere special.
Mayfield lost her husband, Deputy Jay Mayfield, in August of this year. She said having his badge means so much.
"It means the world because he would have been thrilled to have been a part, he would rather be here," Mayfield said.
Huffine lost her husband, Deputy Jerry Huffine, in 1998. She said the badge and plaque are reminders of his passion for law enforcement.
"He loved every minute of it, helping people that he could," Huffine said.
Each took a plaque home, but Sheriff Carter also asked the women to place additional plaques on the wall of the sheriff's department so the men would forever be remembered.
"What the sheriff and the deputies have done for him have been outstanding," Mayfield said. "I couldn't have asked for more."
Holding hands, Huffine and Mayfield posed for pictures with family members remembering their loved ones.
Huffine said while her husband has been gone for some time, this ceremony reminds her of something she always knows.
"He's in my heart every day of the world," Huffine said.
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