Sebastian County Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, AR -- - Deputy Bill Cooper, of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, was shot and killed in the line of duty back in August. Today, the County honored Cooper and more than a dozen other fallen officers.

Bill Hollenbeck, Sebastian County Sheriff, "It's the worst phone call that you get when one of your officers is injured or killed in the line of duty."

Sebastian County honored fallen law enforcement officers at their annual Memorial outside the Circuit Court. Hundreds of people attended as speeches were given, taps was played and a 21 gun salute was performed to remember their friends and comrades. Family members said they still come out because it's important to show support for those that have given it all. 

Bill Basnett, Brother of Fallen Officer, "Every time a police officer gets killed or gives their life in the line of duty it really affects me and i support them all but it still hurts." 

Katie Basnett, niece of Fallen Officer, "I was always told i was like him so i thought it would be something nice to do for him." 

Sebastian County honored 16 fallen law enforcement officers including Dep. Bill Cooper. The theme of the memorial was clear. Sacrifice.

"It's the sacrifice of their families and not just the sacrifice of the incident but the sacrifice everyday when these people kiss their loved one goodbye and then begin their shift they do not know if they are going to come home," said Hollenbeck. 

"Over the years I've had nothing but support. You wouldn't believe the people of this town that have supported our family," said Bill Basett. 

Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck says he's touched by the outpouring of support he sees from the community every year. 

"It's very humbling that people would take time out of their schedule to come here and show honor to these officers. When we get that thumbs up or that thank you it recharges your batteries," said Hollenbeck. 


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