Jonesboro Officer Honored with Medal of Valor

January 16, 2007 -- Posted at 10:08 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro city council had regular business to get down to Tuesday night... but they took care of the serious stuff first. Drainage issues and alcohol codes took a backseat when Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates honored one of his own in a brief ceremony.

It's a far cry from where patrolman Chris Walker was only a few months ago. On November 24th of last year, he was shot while trying to serve a warrant to a 16-year-old rape suspect in Jonesboro. His bullet proof vest saved his life.

"I was ready to come back to work, I was off for about two weeks, and after I got clear of the incident i was ready to come back to work," said Walker.

Tuesday evening at the Jonesboro City Council Meeting, Walker was honored with the Medal of Valor before his colleges and the city of Jonesboro.

"It makes me feel really good. The show of support is just tremendous, I'm really pleased. We've got a great bunch of guys here and i'm glad to be with all of them," said Walker.

But it's an honor he shares with his brothers in blue.

"It's a real brotherhood here. We all stick toghether and we bond together in times of need like this," smiled Walker.