Residents honor fallen, injured deputies

Community honors deputy with memorial garden

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - Poinsett County residents gathered Sunday in Harrisburg to honor a deputy killed two decades ago as well as a deputy who was severely injured.

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office hosted the event to dedicate a memorial for Deputy Jim Harper, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop 20 years ago.

Sgt. E.C. O'Brien was also seriously wounded during the traffic stop.

Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder said the memorial will honor Harper for his career and sacrifice.

"It is a bench that has Deputy Harper's name engraved in it and that hopefully will be here long after we're gone and we wanted the family to know that he will never be forgotten," Molder said.

Harper's son Jon said the memorial is something he has wanted for quite some time.

"It's an honor," said Jon.  "I drove 800 miles up here with my family and brought four kids and my wife."

Jon said he is happy to see that the community has not forgotten the sacrifice his father made.

"It's an honor to be able to come here and see they're still remembering dad," he said.

Molder said while the memorial will not make up for the life that was lost that day, but the garden will help to honor Harper's memory.

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