The Heidi Garden

OCTOBER 1, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Last June, the Jonesboro Police Department lost a special officer, 44 year old Heidi Thompson. Since her death, the neighborhood she lived in has joined together to honor Heidi and her fellow police officers.

"It means a lot cause of all she's done for the community and all she's done for us. It's just a way of showing we all appreciate what she did and basically we want to appreciate every officer and everything they've done for everybody," says Richard Mitchell, son of Officer Heidi Thompson.

A garden was created by the entrance into the subdivision. Sgt. Derick Goodrich of the Jonesboro Police Department says not only was Thompson a police officer, but she was a philanthropist and a resource officer at Philadelphia Elementary School.

"It's a tragic loss not just to our department, but to the community when you have an officer that has given their time and their life to help serve and protect this community and the citizens that live here," says Sgt. Derick Goodrich of the Jonesboro Police Department.

Three other officers were honored as well: Scot Akers, Floyd Johnson, and Scott Bolton. Sgt. Goodrich says they're missed everyday, but their legacy at the department continues to live on.

"They were all good officers. They were good training officers and a lot of them had a lot of good impact on the officers left behind and I think they would be proud to see those officers coming up following in their footsteps," says Sgt. Goodrich.

Blue lights were lit throughout the neighborhood of Countrywood Estates to honor those officers who have lost their life, and furthermore to show those police officers still on the job just how much they are respected.

"Our futuristic goal is to make this a city wide ordeal, but until then basically if you see a cop on the street, just tell them thanks for doing your job," says Richard Mitchell.

Starting this January, Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates will select an outstanding officer every quarter to be given a star in the garden.