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Ash Flat, AR--Brett Garrett Reports

National Police Officer Week Kickoff

May 15, 2006--Posted at 3:25 p.m. CDT

ASH FLAT, AR--They guard our lives and property, defend our freedom and fight the war against crime. Monday in Ash Flat, the late Sgt. Jeff Richardson of the Cave City Police Department was honored for Police Memorial Day.

"He was a very dedicated officer, a good family man and a good son," said Jack Richardson, father of Jeff Richardson.

Officer Richardson was killed in the line of duty in 1993 during an automobile accident on his way to assist another officer.

"Next Sunday will be 13 years since our son was killed in duty. This was started the first year after that," saidRichardson.

"I think it is something we need to do. We need to remember those who put their life on the line and have died in the line of duty," said Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver

This is the 13th year Sharp County has held the ceremony to honor Officer Richardson. This year Arkansas has lost five officers in the line duty, including one here in Region 8.

"The offense that happened in Gassville where Officer Sell lost his life, it reminds us how dangerous the job is," said Weaver.

Officer Jim Sell was shot and killed in February of 2006 when he was making a routine traffic stop. Monday's Police Memorial Day was the kickoff for National Police Officer Week which honors those like Richardson and Sell.

"Hopefully people all over the nation will show their gratitude and thankfulness for the efforts that every peace officer puts forth," said Richardson.

Tuesday at 11 a.m., Gassville Officer Jim Sell will be honored in Baxter County . The event is just another observation across the country for National Police Officer Week.     

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