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Sen. Boozman honors NEA officers during National Police Week

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. (Source: U.S. Senate) Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. (Source: U.S. Senate)
WASHINGTON, DC (KAIT) -

The police officers who go to work every day are heroes who are dedicated to their careers and to serving their families, neighbors, and fellow citizens, Arkansas' senior senator said Tuesday in a floor speech in the U.S. Senate. 

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., paid tribute to four Arkansas police officers, including two from Northeast Arkansas, as part of National Police Week.

The names of Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Turrell Police Chief Keith Bradford Sr., Drew County Sheriff's Deputy Timothy Braden, and Yell County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Mainhart were added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. 

In his remarks, Boozman said the four men are among 360 names added to the memorial this year.

"Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle break-in when he was fatally shot. He proudly served in law enforcement for 15 years. Throughout his time in uniform, he continued to pursue opportunities to better serve the community," Boozman said. "He was a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Academy and was working toward a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice." 

"The selfless service of Keith Bradford Sr., Turrell Police Chief is also worthy of recognition. The chief is one of 231 members of the law enforcement community who died in a previous year but whose sacrifice will be documented on the memorial this year," Boozman said. "Chief Bradford helped launch the law enforcement agency in 2012. In 2014, he responded to a call to assist officers from another local jurisdiction with a high-speed chase. He checked the safety of the officers, but according to a police report, Bradford was left shaken. Hours later, he suffered a fatal heart attack. Chief Bradford had dedicated more than 20 years of his life in law enforcement." 

Boozman said the four men exhibited bravery and worked to help the public every day. 

"Each of these officers demonstrated courage and determination in the face of danger. These heroes, like all members of the law enforcement community, commit their lives to protecting the public," Boozman said. "In their profession, there is no such thing as an off-duty officer. Answering a call for help is ingrained in who they are."

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