LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -(Ammoland.com)- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission honored nine wildlife officers and one wildlife management technician for their dedicated service to the natural resources and the people of Arkansas during its Fourth Annual Enforcement Awards Banquet in Little Rock, March 14.
The banquet recognizes officers from across the state who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the previous year.
AGFC Director Jeff Crow spoke at the banquet, commending all wildlife officers for their sacrifice to serve the people of Arkansas.
“It’s good for us to pause and reflect on the extraordinary service of our officers and employees for the people of Arkansas,” Crow said. “Now, more than ever, the law enforcement profession as a whole is being held under intense scrutiny, and unfortunately that scrutiny can result in very honorable and courageous people’s service and actions being squelched out.
“When I wake up in the morning, I know my day will probably involve meetings, responding to emails and working on planned projects,” Crow continued. “But for the men and women of law enforcement every day holds the possibility that something bad can happen.”
Cpl. Blake Broomfield of Little River County was honored with the Warden’s Cross Award during the fourth annual Enforcement Awards Banquet held in Little Rock, March 14.
The honor is bestowed to wildlife officers who, through their actions, demonstrate extraordinary courage that sets themselves apart from other enforcement officers.
Broomfield received the award for his actions during an armed standoff last April in a residential neighborhood in Little River County near a local elementary school. Arriving in support of Little River Sheriff’s Department, Broomfield set up surveillance at a residence where an armed suspect had barricaded himself into an outbuilding after firing shots.
After several hours, the suspect emerged from the building with a handgun, frantically waving his arms. Officers talked with the subject and tried to get him to come into custody peacefully. After several attempts to work with the subject, officers were forced to use a Taser to remove further threat of injury or death from the suspect’s firearm.
However, the first Taser shot did not connect properly, forcing Cpl. Broomfield to fire his Taser, disarm the suspect and take him into custody without further incident.
Other honors recognized were include two recipients of the Governor’s Life-Saving Award for direct actions preventing the immediate death of an individual. Cpl. Chuck Willis and Wildlife Officer Allen Edwards from Monticello responded to a call for assistance from the Arkansas State Police concerning a subject who was convulsing and having difficulty breathing.
The officers arrived on the scene and worked to roll the subject on his side. Emergency medical services had been sent to the wrong location, resulting in a 20-minute span, during which the subject stopped breathing on multiple occasions and even lost his pulse.
Officers Willis and Edwards performed CPR and resuscitated the individual until EMS was able to arrive. The suspect made a full recovery.
Other individuals receiving Certificates of Commendation were as follows:
- Sgt. Kenny Seay and Cpl. Sean Smith, Newton County – For the apprehension of a masked suspect during a breaking-and-entering incident in a Jasper grocery store.
- Cpl. Joe Williams, Ashley County – For the rescue and apprehension of a suspect who had fled into knee-deep water to avoid capture and suffered effects of hypothermia.
- Cpl. Trent Whitehead and Wildlife Officer Jonathan Coats, Cleburne County – For the rescue of three individuals stranded in the swift current of the Little Red River.
- Wildlife Officer Allen Edwards and Wildlife Management Technician Michael Shepherd, Drew County – For the location and rescue of an incapacitated hunter on Seven Devils Wildlife Management Area after notice of his absence after a planned hunt.