STONE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) -Law enforcement officers from all over the state of Arkansas are remembering Stone County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Stephen, who died in the line of duty last week.
Officers took time Tuesday to reflect on his career and what it meant to the community.
Among those touting Stephen’s contributions and leadership was his superior officer, Sheriff Lance Bonds.
“Mike kinda took me in. I learned more from that guy on the side of a road. All the calls we worked, he just really taught me a lot," Bonds said. “He’s a good man.”
Bonds began his career in 1994 and said he considered Sgt. Stephen as one of his closest friends who always had his back.
“A lot of nights, you’re by yourself and if you got a bad call, you’d hear that guy check 10-8 and he’s coming to help me," Bonds said. “I just can’t say enough about him or his family.”
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. at the Calico Rock High School Gymnasium.
A private burial ceremony will follow afterward.