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Three fallen officers honored as one is slain in Yell County

Three fallen Arkansas officers were honored at the state capitol Thursday just hours after Yell Co. Sheriff's Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart was killed in the line of duty. (KATV Photo)

Three fallen Arkansas officers were honored at the state capitol Thursday just hours after Yell Co. Sheriff's Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart was killed in the line of duty.

Those who were attending took a moment to pray for the Mainhart family before remembering the three officers killed in the line of duty in 2016.

One of those honored was Sebastian County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cooper who was killed in a very similar situation last year to that of Yell County.

In August of 2016 a suspect was barricaded in a home and was firing at police, when he shot an killed Cooper and wounded another officer.

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says he knows exactly what the Yell County Sheriff's office is going through.

"There's absolutely nothing that can be said that will bring their loved one back. But the only thing we can do is to show love to the family, to the department, pray for them," Hollenbeck said.

As Cooper and two other officers Robert Baker of the McCory Police Department and Lisa Mauldin, a Miller County Correction Officer are added to the wall, at least one more officer, Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart will be added there next year.

Mary Carmikle, whose husband Game and Fish Sgt. Monty Carmikle was killed in 2008 in the line of duty, says she feels deep pain for the Mainhart family.

She's a volunteer for the organization Arkansas Concerns of Police Survivors known as C.O.P.S. and says they'll be headed to Yell County to support their family.

"We go to them, we meet with them and just tell them we're here to give that helping hand. But the pain never goes away but as I said earlier in my speech, it does help us get past it. We find that new normal and find a way to push forward," she said.


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