Ro­tary clubs host lun­cheon for of­fi­cers

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Lori Dunn

Miller County De­ten­tion Su­per­vi­sor Lisa Mauldin was re­mem­bered Thurs­day at the Texarkana Ro­tary Clubs' 37th an­nual Pub­lic Safety Of­fi­cers Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon for her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

Mauldin was killed Dec. 18, 2016, when an in­mate at­tacked her.

“She was an of­fi­cer who al­ways stepped up to any task that was asked of her,” said Mayor Ruth Pen­ney Bell of Texarkana, Ark.

Mauldin was hon­ored dur­ing the Fallen He­roes por­tion of the event along with Texas De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety Trooper Jeff Ni­chols, who was killed in a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in La­mar County.

The Wil­bur Smith, Oak­lawn, Sun­rise and In­ter­na­tional Ro­tary clubs hold the lun­cheon each year.

Texas Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Quit­man, spoke at the event.

He said it's im­por­tant for a com­mu­nity

to honor their of­fi­cers, be­cause often there is no reward for a job done right.

“The irony of what you guys do is, the bet­ter a job you do, the less we know about it,” Hughes said.

He also spoke on how in Amer­ica, a po­lice of­fi­cer's job is to serve ev­ery­one re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion or any other dis­tinc­tion.

“These folks serve ev­ery one of us, whether they know us or whether they like us,” Hughes said.

Pen­ney Bell spoke for Arkansas-side of­fi­cers, and Mayor Bob Brugge­man of Texarkana, Texas, also spoke for of­fi­cers in his city.

Of­fi­cers hon­ored at this year's event in­clude:

Texarkana, Texas, Fire De­part­ment— Fire fighter John Tay­lor

Texarkana, Ark., Fire De­part­ment—Capt. Ray West

Bowie County Sher­iff 's Of­fice— Deputy Ran­dall Baggett

Miller County Sher­iff 's Of­fice—In­ves­ti­ga­tor Thomas Whitt

Texarkana, Texas, Po­lice De­part­ment—Of­fi­cer Cliff Har­ris

Texarkana, Ark., Po­lice De­part­ment—Of­fi­cer Nathan Laven­der

Texas De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety—Trooper Stephen Munger and Trooper Chad Turner

Arkansas State Po­lice— Trooper 1st Class Ernesto Echevar­ria

Staff photo by Evan Lewis

Texarkana, Ark., Mayor Ruth Pen­ney Bell reads an end of watch me­mo­rial Thurs­day for Miller County Sher­iff's Of­fice De­ten­tion Su­per­vi­sor Lisa Mauldin. Mauldin died in the line of duty on Dec. 18, 2016. Texarkana Ro­tary Clubs hosted their 37th an­nual Pub­lic Safety Of­fi­cers Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Lun­cheon at the Cafe Cen­ter.

R. WEST

R. BAGGETT

J. TAY­LOR

T. WHITT

C. HAR­RIS

N. LAVEN­DER

S. MUNGER

C. TURNER

E. ECHEVAR­RIA

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