Remembering Jim Sell

February 6, 2006--Posted at 7:30 p.m. CST

BLYTHEVILLE, AR--A routine traffic stop Saturday in Gassville ended with the shooting of an area police officer. Officer Jim Sell served over 25 years for the Blytheville Police Department before retiring in 2000. He loved the mountains and moved his home to Gassville soon after. He got the police itch a few years ago and began serving a couple shifts a week for the Gassville Police Department before. Flags were flying at half mass Monday in Blytheville as the town remembered former Officer Sell.

"Jim Sell he was a good friend and would do just about anything for you," said Sell's friend Donald Howard.

Sell served 25 years for the Blytheville Police Department before retiring in 2000.

"The dedication and commitment he made to our department will never be forgotten," said Captain Marvin Crawford of the Blytheville Police Department.

Sell was back in Blytheville just a couple weeks ago to visit friends he made in his over 25 years of service here, and even though he wasn't part of the force anymore he is still an important part of this community.

"I can't think of anyone here who disliked him," said Captain Barry Miller of the Blytheville Police Department.

Sell reached the rank of captain with the Blytheville PD. Throughout his career he made an effort to teach the younger officers the importance of being friendly to citizens.

"Every morning when you are running a midnight shift and you see the people getting up early, especially the elderly in the housing projects, watching the sunrise, stop and talk to them and let them know that everything is alright and you are there to help them," said Miller.

"Try to treat people the same way you would want to be treated, be fair to people," said Captain Rick Ash of the Blytheville Police Department.

Sell practiced what he preached and was an example with his every day actions.

"People would come through town, down on their luck and sometimes he would even take them to his house," said Ash.

"Anybody that talks to him is always a friend afterward," said Howard.

Sell enjoyed his time as a police officer and it surprised no one when he decided to work part time for the force in Gassville.

"Once law enforcement gets in your blood it never leaves, he shows that with 25 years here retiring to a nice community and using his knowledge to help there," said Miller.

It's a loss of a good man and a good officer that is being felt across the state.

"We're going to miss him the law enforcement community as a whole is going to miss him," said Miller.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Sell in Mountain Home. The funeral will be held on Friday, February 10 at 1:00 PM at the East Side Baptist Church in Mountain Home.  Reverend Sam Seamans and Reverend Mike Shy will officiate.  Arrangements will be handled by the Roller Funeral Home of Mountain Home.

The graveside service will follow at the Baxter Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mountain Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home.