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Searcy Police Dept.

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Where: 101 N. Gum St. Phone: (501) 268-3531 Information: The Searcy Police Department has been in existence since 1879. In 1939, the City of Searcy had a Police Chief and two officers. That same year, the officers bought the first police car for the Searcy Police Department, paying for it out of their own pockets. Today, Searcy employs more than 40 full time certified police officers.

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NorthStar EMS

Where: 1701 E. Beebe-Capps Expressway Phone: (501) 305-2287 Information: NorthStar EMS provides Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services and transport, along with non-emergency, medically necessary ambulance transportation in White County, portions of Cleburne County and portions of Faulkner County in Arkansas.

Searcy Fire Departments

Station 1

Where: 501 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway Phone: (501) 279-1066 Information: The construction of the new Central Station began in April 2006 and was completed in July of 2007. It is a state of the art facility with approximately 18,000 square feet. It includes several offices for staff personnel, a large kitchen and living room for the onduty firefighters, training room, individual sleeping quarters, and an exercise room. There are six large bays to house some of the department’s fire trucks and equipment.

Station 2

Where: 800 Golf Course Dr. Phone: (501) 279-1047 Information: A ribbon cutting was held for Station 2 Nov. 17, 2017 after being relocated from East Market Avenue. The new 18,000 square foot facility houses working, living, fitness and training areas, and can accommodate up to eight firefighters per shift. It is the home to Engine 2, Reserve 2, Rescue 2, water rescue boats and the popular Fire Safety House.

Station 3

Where: 2612 W. Beebe-Capps Phone: (501) 279-1055 Information: Station 3 was built in 1996, is approximately 4,000 square feet and houses Engine 3, Reserve 3 and can hold up to four firefighters per shift.


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Eddie Hollis, Battalion Chief B Shift, Central Station Start Date: 2/27/89 I became a firefighter because: As a young boy I would go with my father to the firehouse to watch him work on the fire trucks. I would get up in the cab and imagine I would be driving to a call, siren blazing, spraying water and helping people. I was fascinated with all of the equipment and fire trucks. My most proud accomplishment: Making Battalion Chief, carrying on a legacy, following my dad in the fire service and making him proud of me.

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Josh Oakes, Captain C Shift - Station 2 Start date: 5/27/02

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Detective Kara Drennan Years of Service: 13 Years Awards/Distinctions: Reid Certified Interrogator; SRT Team Negotiator I became a police officer because: I grew up with my dad and uncle as police officers, and I was proud of them. I wanted a job where I could make a difference the way I thought they did. What I enjoy most about my job: Hearing a sincere “Thank you” from a vicim will always remind me why I got into this emotionally and mentally demanding line of work.

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Years of Service: 3 Years

I became a police officer because: It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I love to serve people. What I enjoy most about my job: Serving the community and striving to help make a positive impact within the city of Searcy.

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Corporal Michael Bullock Years of Service:

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What I enjoy most about my job: The shift I work on and the city in which I serve. I hired on and at times have had the opportunity to go and work for other fire departments in the state, but none of those departments are Searcy. I was born here and have always been a part of this community and I feel a sense of pride in serving the community in which I’m a part of.

Patrolman John Springfield

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I became a firefighter because: The drive I have to help others in times of need. Of course there will always be fires, as long as buildings are constructed by man, but that is only a small way that firefighters help the public in which they serve. One of the greatest feelings as a public servant is knowing that you were able to make someone’s day better by helping them in their time of need, no matter what that need may be. And in many cases those needs are not fire related at all.

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Patrolman of the Year 2013, and 2015, Officer of the Month twice

I became a police officer because: Police work is Gods calling to serve others to the best of your ability. I choose the police department because I believe that officers are the first line of defense against the evil of this world, and the first called to do the most good. What I enjoy most about my job:

I enjoy talking with people I have contacted before, and hearing stories of healing, redemption, and success. The best feeling of accomplishment comes when you are thanked for a selfless act. It makes the job worth all the stress.

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Brad Morris, Captain C Shift - Central Station Years of Service: 14 Years My most proud accomplishment: Being promoted to the rank of Captain. I became a firefighter because: I had a few friends who were volunteers at the Parkin Fire Department and talked me into joining in 1996. I enjoyed it so I pursued the fire service as a Best In Class Service! career. What I enjoy most about my job: Helping people make it through difficult times. I also enjoy the unpredictability and camaraderie that accompany the profession. 2009 E Beebe-Capps Exp Searcy, AR 501-268-1167 stmtires.com


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Eric Meharg, Lieutenant A Shift - Central Station Start Date: 10-08-07 I became a firefighter because: Being a fire-

fighter was something I was always interested in doing. Just being able to assist people in need is what brought me to this career. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.

WhatIn I enjoy most about my job: Best Class Service!

Being able to help others is the primary thing I enjoy. The brotherhood between all the firemen is like having another family. It’s not only with the firemen I work with but with all firemen. It’s just a common bond we share. 2009 E Beebe-Capps Exp Searcy, AR 501-268-1167 stmtires.com

Blake Ashenberger, Rookie B Shift - Central Station Start date: 11/5/18

I became a firefighter because: I’ve always had an interest in fire trucks and I love serving in this community. I enjoy the brotherhood in my job. Also I love to help those in need.

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Bart Jennings, Volunteer Firefighter Nate Bean, Firefighter Years of Start date: Service: 8/30/00 2 Years Awards/Distinctions: I became a firefighter Sergeant because:in National Guard To enable me to

help others in my community. I like putting fires out and I I became a firefighter because: like the excitement that comes with the It’s a family tradition. fire service. What I enjoy most about my job: What enjoy about my truck job: GettingI to ride most around in a fire The andthe whilecamaraderie getting paidof tothe do men it. Truly women that are involved. Some of the greatest job in the world. Also meeting world’s best the needs of cooks. the citizens of this great city is an added bonus.

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Lt. Brian Wyatt Years of Service: 11 Years Awards/Distinctions: Six years in CID as detective and supervisor; member of Crisis Negotiations Team; Officer of the Year 2013

I became a police officer because: To fulfill a desire to give back to the community and help keep our city a safe and wonderful place to live.

What I enjoy most about my job: The opportunity to help influence the younger generation.

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Ryland Lauen, Battalion Chief C Shift, Central Station

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Start date: 7/5/89

Years of Service: 8 Years

I became a firefighter because: To help the community where I live. I enjoy the working relationship with the other firefighters and with the community as a whole.

I became a police officer because: I want to impact my community in a positive way. I love the city of Searcy and truly believe that it is a wonderful community. It is an honor to serve the people that live and work here.

My proudest accomplishment: Being part of a Class 1 fire department that strives to help the community in every way possible.

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What I enjoy most about my job: I love getting to know people and try to have a positive impact on the youth in our schools.

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Patrol Sergeant Keith Pierson Years of Service: 10 Years Awards/Distinctions: Professional Law Enforcement Instructor; Firearms Instructor; Police Motorcycle Instructor; Field Training Officer; Agency Coordinator for Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)

I became a police officer because: I enjoy helping people and being a problem solver. What I enjoy most about my job: As an instructor and supervisor, I get to help our community and my fellow officers.

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Tom Martin, Chaplain

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Retired as Fire Chief of the Center Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. in 2006; earned Critical Incident Stress Management certification in 2003; have been on the Arkansas Crisis Response Team since 2010; and was entered in the Arkansas State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

I like that everyday is something new. I also enjoy helping people. What I enjoy most about my job: I enjoy being active in the community and trying to be a positive role model for our youth.

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I became a police officer because: I love serving our community.

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I became a firefighter because: I enjoy caring for those in need within the community and within the department. 2009 E Beebe-Capps Exp Searcy, AR 501-268-1167 stmtires.com

Garren Batts, Lieutenant C Shift - Station 2 Start date: 4/13/09

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Patrol Danny Cuellar Years of Service: 1

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Gary Kirby, Firefighter A Shift - Station 2 Start date: 5/9/16

I enjoy being a firefighter because: It gives me the opportunity to be able to help people in their time of need. I also enjoy talking to kids at all the schools in the city about fire safety and trying to make a positive difference in their lives.

I became a firefighter because: I wanted a career that was both exciting and fulfilling.

My most proud accomplishment: Mentoring the younger guys that get hired onto the fire department. Being a dangerous job, I believe it’s very important to teach the new guys the ins and outs and prepare them the best I can for the worst possible situations that they may have to face.

What I enjoy most about my job: It allows me to serve my community while offering me a career that constantly evolves and offers new challenges.

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Robert Beel, Firefighter Sgt. Steve Hernandez C Shift - Central Station

Years of Service: 6 years

YearsDate: of Start Service: 7/1/13 17 Years 16

Awards/Distinctions: Two time Officer of the Month; Patrolman of the Year; two time Ark. STEP DWI Award

I became a police officer because: I wanted to be able to make a difference in my community.

What I enjoy most about my job: Hearing from the people in the community that I have assisted in bettering their lives.

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Sgt. Todd DeWitt Years of Service: 12 Years Awards/Distinctions: SFST Instructor; Taser Instructor; FTO I became a police officer because: It allows me to fulfill my God given talents of helping people. This job is truly a ministry and I have developed relationships with the people in my community. #MySearcy What I enjoy most about my job: I enjoy the people of our community and all my fellow officers. 2601 E. RACE, SEARCY 501-268-1660

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Patrolman Frances Ballek Years of Service: 1 year at White County Jail: 4 years with BKPD; 5 months with SPD

Awards/Distinctions: Certified Drug Recognition Expert; Field Training Officer; Marijuana Leaf Field Test Technician

I became a police officer because: I was tired of bullies in school, I knew that I was tough enough to protect others from bullies. I felt it wasn’t a choice. I had to be an officer. I have to protect those that cannot protect themselves.

What I enjoy about my job: Being a positive role model to the people of the community. I feel very fulfilled knowing I give the community 100% of my abilities.

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Patrolman John Aska Years of Service: 5 Years Awards/Distinctions: Firearms Instructor; Law Enforcement Instructor; BA in Criminal Justice from UALR

I became a police officer because: I grew up in Searcy and I wanted to make my hometown a better place for my children. What I enjoy most about my job: The daily interaction with the great citizens of this amazing community.

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Guy Grady, Fire Inspector Central Station Start date: 4/13/09

I became a firefighter because: I enjoy serving others. I wanted to serve in the community where I live. What I enjoy most about my job: I perform most of the business inspections and plans reviews for the City of Searcy for fire safety. So I enjoy knowing that I make the city safer by being proactive before an actual emergency arises.


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Patrolman Samuel R. Webb Years of Service: 3 Years Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Month December 2013; BA from UALR I became a police officer because: It is an exciting and entertaining job.

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Patrolman Tanya Ward Years of Service: Several with Little Rock and North Little Rock

What I enjoy most about my job: The family atmosphere of the SPD.

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Keith Carlisle, Captain C Shift - Station 3

Cody Larque, Lieutenant B Shift - Central Station

Start date: 7/31/97 I became a firefighter because:

To be a public servant and help families and individuals in their time of need. Being a public servant had always been a childhood goal.

What I enjoy most about the job:

Every day brings a different challenge whether in emergency situations or a public safety event educating the citizens, hopefully making a difference in the community.

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Christian Mata, Firefighter B shift - Station 2 Start Date: 03-05-18

What I enjoy most about my job: Getting to always meet new people and talk about new things.

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I became a firefighter because: I like the fulfillment of being able to help someone on their worst day and to provide the highest quality service to the citizens of Searcy. Each call and day is different, so you always have something new to look forward to. Best In Class Service! What I enjoy most about my job: Working with a great group of guys and not having a single shift that is the same. Being able to be looked up to as a role model is a great feeling and a privilege.

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Jake Green, Firefighter C Shift - Station 2 Start Date: 7/1/13

Start Date: 6/16/14

I became a firefighter because: I enjoy helping people in their time of need. I also enjoy the brotherhood around the fire house.

I became a firefighter because: I have the greatest opportunity to use my spiritual gift of helping others. I take great pride in knowing I am doing God’s will while serving the community.

What I enjoy most about my job: Making a positive impact within the community.

What I enjoy most about my job: Working with people who share the same goals as I do when it comes to serving the community. I also enjoy the sense of camaraderie that continues to drive the brotherhood of the Searcy Fire Department.

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Tim Hawkins, Captain B Shift - Station 3 Start Date: 4/11/05

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Detective Tim Smith Years of Service: 7 Years

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Caleb Kiihnl, Firefighter C Shift - Station 2 Start Date: 12/17/12

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I became a firefighter because: I wanted to help people and for the joy of the job. What I enjoy most about my job: I like that it is a different situation daily and that I get to meet a lot of people, through the good and bad times.

Patrolman of the Year 2011; Officer of the Month, December 2014, November 2017 and July 2018; Certificate of Commendation July 2018; Patrolman of the Year 2016; Officer of the Year 2018.

I became a police officer because: I wished to serve and protect our community. What I enjoy most about my job: Protecting the most vulnerable in our community, the youth and elderly.

I became a firefighter because: It is a job that has always interested me ever since I was a kid. Not only do you get to do fun/exciting things as your job, but as a fireman you also get to help people and give something back to your community. What I enjoy most about my job: Every shift is unique. Each time you come to work you never know what the day has in store.

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Chief Steve Hernandez Years of Service: 18 Years Awards/Distinctions: SPD Officer of the Month July 2015 and May 2017; Patrolman of the Year 2009 (WCSO); Vice President of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Torch Run

I became a police officer because: Was a childhood dream. Happy to have a career that doesn’t feel like a job. What I enjoy most about my job: I enjoy the positive interaction with the citizens of Searcy.

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Larry Cloyes, Firefighter A Shift - Central Station Start Date: 8/6/18 I became a firefighter because: I wanted to keep the same lifestyle that I was used to in the military. The Firefighter and Army have close to the same structure that I am use to and that I thrive in. Furthermore, I wanted a job in which I would be proud to tell people about. I love having a job in which I can watch my son’s and daughter’s eyes light up with pride when they tell their friends what I do for a living.

What I enjoy most about my job: The brotherhood. People do give other people a hard time but it is all with fun and love. You know you have found special people to work with when you can give someone a hard time during dinner but be 100 percent willing to risk your life for them 15 minutes later. Searcy Towing & Auto Works 107 Blackgum Lane Searcy 501-305-2869

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Levi Garrison, Fire Fighter C Shift - Central Station Start Date: 1/26/15 I became a firefighter because: I was interested in having a career instead of just having a job. Having worked in multiple factories over the years it has been very rewarding taking the leap and just going for it. What I enjoy most about my job: That every day is different. No two calls or responses are ever exactly the same so we’re constantly learning and evolving to meet the needs of our citizens and the visitors of our city.


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Rocky Maxwell, Firefighter A Shift - Central Station Start Date: 9/18/17

I became a firefighter because: I enjoy being able to make someone’s day better in their time of need. What I enjoy most about my job: Being able to come in every third day and not come just to work but come to be with my second family, and do my job and help others alongside my brothers. 2009 E Beebe-Capps Exp Searcy, AR 501-268-1167 stmtires.com

Neil Boyce, Captain A Shift - Central Station Start date: 8/6/07 I became a firefighter because: To serve others. Although we are trained to make wise decisions and prepare for emergencies, firefighters know the risk of injury or even death is present on every call. The willingness to take that risk to save someone else is truly the nature of someone with a servant’s heart. What I enjoy most about my job: Coming to work and never knowing exactly what the day will hold. Most jobs you go to work and you know what you will be doing, that day, tomorrow and the next day. At the fire department it is always different, changing. Will we have a fire or a few medical calls? I never know for sure but what I do know is that we are here to help people, no matter what. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE

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Marcus Bettis, Firefighter B Shift - Central Station Start date: 2/5/18 I became a firefighter because: I’ve always had a passion for helping people. I love being able to give back to my community and I can’t think of any better way to do so.

What I enjoy most about my job: The brotherhood that is formed between us and the awesome food. Aside from all the firefighting and medical knowledge I’ve gained from my co-workers, they have also taught me how to cook some awesome food.

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Corporal Adam Sexton Years of Service: 7 Years Awards/Distinctions: Detective of the Year 2015 and 2017; Officer of the Month October 2014 I became a police officer because: I wanted to serve the community I grew up in. What I enjoy most about my job: Working cases and solving problems for people.

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Ptl. Sergeant Matt Higgins Years of service: 10 years Awards/Distinctions: Drug Recognition Expert; Special Response Team Leader; Range Master; Lead Firearms Instructor I became a police officer because: I want to help people in their most difficult times. What I enjoy most about my job is: Working in the Community

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Will Glass, Firefighter A Shift - Station 2 Start Date: 6/16/14

What I enjoy most about my job: To help people in their time of need. As a firefighter, if I’m called to help someone they are most likely having the worst day of their life and it means a lot to me to be able to hopefully make their day better.


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Hunter Heep, Firefighter B Shift - Central Station Start date: 6/30/14 I became a firefighter because: At the end of my days I can say I did something with my life. Be a servant as told. Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” What I enjoy most about my job: Seeing the relief in someone’s eyes when we show up after they have called us for help on the worst day of their life. We get to be the problem solvers. There are people still alive that wouldn’t have been without the fire department.

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Brandon DeFoure, Firefighter A Shift - Central Station

Years of Service: 12 Years

Start date: 12/1/15

Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Year 2009 and 2012

I became a firefighter because:

I became a police officer because: Life long dream for public service.

I always had interest in fire trucks when I was younger. I wanted to serve my community and help in making a difference whether it be saving someone’s property or more importantly their life.

What I enjoy most about my job: What I enjoy most about my job: Being around the men and women of this department.

Being able to come to work and actually enjoy it. I enjoy helping make a difference in the community and being there to help someone on their worst day. This job is definitely the best job I could ask for.

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Sam Story, Lieutenant B Shift - Central Station

I became a firefighter because: I wanted to help people in their time of need. What I enjoy most about my job: Serving the community and being a part of a team.

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Years of Service: 20 Awards/Distinctions: Two MAAD awards; Law Enforcement Instructor; one commendation I became a police officer because: My father, grandfather and two uncles were police officers. I grew up around the police department. What I enjoy most about my job: My co-workers.

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Start Date: 06-30-14 I became a firefighter because: Like many other young kids, it was always a job to look up to and I never grew out of it. Growing up my dad was a volunteer and I got to hang around the firehouse and go on some calls and this always stuck with me and I knew this was what I wanted to be. What I enjoy most about my job: It’s hard to choose just one, but getting to serve the community I live in and help others in their time of need is very rewarding. Also being able to hang out with my brothers and develop a friendship and become family is another great thing.


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Drake Wilson, Firefighter B Shift - Central Station Start date: 6/1/15

I became a firefighter because: I love to serve others, and being in this job, I get to serve others while working along some of my greatest friends. What I enjoy most about my job: I love being able to serve in a city that I call home, that holds a lot of weight in a job. I also love having the flexibility of working in my church on my days away from the fire department, the two places I love.

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Years of Service: 11.5 Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Year; MADD Award 2009, ASP DWI AWARD 2014.

I became a police officer because: I wanted to be a role model for younger kids in my home city.

What I enjoy most about my job: Investigating crimes and working DWI’s. I also enjoy teaching students about law.

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John Green, Firefighter C Shift - Central Station Start date: 11/17/13 I became a firefighter because: After six years serving as a Combat Medic in the Army I was looking for an occupation that mirrored the characteristic structure and camaraderie of the military. I found it in the fire service, along with a very rewarding sense of helping others in their most dire conditions. What I enjoy most about my job: Helping people, the brotherhood of fellow firefighters, and the diversity of the job. I’m proud to be a firefighter, proud of my department and all our accomplishments, and I’m proud to be a part of the tradition behind all we do.

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Lt. Nick Darnell Years of Service: Awards/Distinctions:

Best In Class Service! What I enjoy most about my job:

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I became a firefighter because: When I was in kindergarten at Syndey Deener Elementary my mother would walk me to school down Market Street. We would pass by the old Fire Station #2. I remember the fireman being outside, always being nice and waving at me when we would walk by. It just stuck with me how they were always nice and that they had a job that being nice and helping people in need was the makeup of their job.

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Public Servant of the Quarter AprilJune 2013; Investigator of the Year 2014; SWAT Training 2012; Officer of the Month March 2012, August 2014, and December 2015.

I became a police officer because:

I wanted to become a positive role model in the Searcy community. I wanted to grow mentally and positively with the community and help maintain the trust and public faith that the citizens of Searcy deserve.

What I enjoy most about my job:

I am able to interact with the community and help others in ways that will have a lasting effect. I am able to take pride in what I do and it is truly an honor to represent the City of Searcy.

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Dillon Strayhorn, Firefighter C Shift - Station 3 Start date: 6/16/14 I became a firefighter because:

It was always one of those jobs that seemed unrealistic when you’re a kid, like an astronaut or a pilot, but one day I realized that all it took to become those childhood heroes was hard work and determination. I wanted to prove to myself I could.

What I enjoy most about my job:

There are many aspects of my job that I love, but being there for people who truly need you at quite possibly the worst moment of their life is very rewarding. I’m very glad that I have the opportunity to be a small sense of reassurance that everything is going to be okay when someone is desperately looking for hope in a horrible situation.


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Andrew Bogan, Captain B Shift - Central Station Start Date: 4/16/07

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Dillon Swain, Firefighter C Shift - Central Station Start Date: 06-15-14

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Bryon Jones, Lieutenant B Shift - Station 2 Start date: 3/27/06

I became a firefighter because: I love helping people inside my community. We are very fortunate to be able to live and work in a community like Searcy.

What I enjoy most about my job: Using my skills and talents to help the citizens and show God’s love through my actions.

I became a firefighter because: I wanted a career that was honorable and well respected.

What I enjoy most about my job: The people that I work with. Our department is made up of some of the very best in the industry and I am glad to be a part of the team.

The accomplishment I’m most proud of: When I got to respond to my preacher’s injury and be there for him and his family through the night. He tended and cared for everyone while he was preaching and it was an honor to get to tend and care for him in his time of need.

What I enjoy most about my job: Being able to provide a great service to the city of Searcy, while working with some really talented and professional coworkers.

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Major Steve Taylor Years of Service: 29 Years (14 years in Michigan/15 years at SPD) Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Year 2007; Licensed of Arkansas Attorney since 2015 I became a police officer because: I enjoy helping others. What I enjoy most about my job: Working together with officers and citizens to solve problems and make our city a safe place.

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Captain CarlMike Paia,Stout, Battalion Chief A Shift - Station 3 Years of Start date: Service: 9/13/95 17 Years

I became a firefighter Awards/Distinctions: because: Team Accreditation

I wanted to help my community and for the I became a of firefighter because: excitement the job. Every firefighter Iisenjoy the unpredictability of the shift. a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I was around volunteer firefighters all What I enjoy most about my job: my life and it is in my blood. Never knowing what the next call will be. What I enjoy most about my job: Helping the people of the community I My proudest accomplishment: grew up in. Being promoted to Captain.

Jeremy Ingram, Firefighter B Shift - Station 2 Start Date: 10/31/16 I became a firefighter because: It was a lifelong dream of mine. I found myself searching for something new after being in the same career for 10 years so I decided to pursue the fire department. What I enjoy most about my job: The brotherhood we have throughout the whole department. I also enjoy being a part of the community that I live in by interacting and helping in various situations throughout the City of Searcy.


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Shelby Spencer, Firefighter Carl Paia, Battalion Chief A Shift - Central Station Years of Start date: Service: 11/1/15 17 Years

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Parker Burford, Firefighter C Shift - Central Station

Danny Short, Lieutenant C Shift - Station 2

Start Date: 11/27/17

Start Date 2/7/96

I became a firefighter Awards/Distinctions: because: Team Accreditation

I wanted to serve my community. My father I became a firefighter because: was a firefighter at Searcy while I was Iyoung enjoyand the Iunpredictability thejob shift. fell in love withofthe at I was around an early age. volunteer firefighters all my life and it is in my blood. What I enjoy most about my job: What I enjoy most Getting to teach kidsabout aboutmy firejob: safety. It gives me the opportunity to let loose Helping the people of the community I and grewact uplike in. a kid again.

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My most proud accomplishment: I became a firefighter because: For the brotherhood and being around people that have the same goal of helping a community. What I enjoy most about my job: The fact that on somebody’s worst day, they call us to make it better for them. My most proud accomplishment: Being able and willing to learn new things every shift, to be able to provide a better service every call we get.

Getting my Fire Science Degree.

I became a firefighter because: I wanted to help people and save lives. What I enjoy most about my job: Working with a good group people that enjoy helping others as much as I do.

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John Falwell, Lieutenant C Shift - Central Station Start date: 11/9/09 I became a firefighter because: My career in the fire service began in 2004, in Bald Knob, as a volunteer and as the years went by I realized how much I enjoyed doing firemen stuff. After talking with a friend who is a Searcy Fireman, I pursued a full-time career with the Searcy Fire Department. It’s really an awesome feeling to wake up every third morning knowing you get to go to a job that you love. What I enjoy most about my job: You have no idea what your day will consist of. I don’t know if we will have a structure fire, a roll-over accident, a patient having a heart attack, or an elderly citizen who needs someone to change the battery in their smoke detector. That’s what I enjoy most about my job, when the tones go off, someone needs our assistance ... and we’re coming to help.

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Randy Salvo, Firefighter Carl Paia, Battalion Chief B Shift - Central Station Years of Start date: Service: 12/31/12 17 Years

I became a firefighter Awards/Distinctions: because: Team Accreditation

I wanted to serve my community. I enjoy I became a firefighter because: helping people and making other Ipeople’s enjoy the unpredictability of shift. days better than they the were I was around volunteer firefighters all before. my life and it is in my blood. What I enjoy most about my job: The andmost friendships we have Whatjokes I enjoy about my job: with each other. is like having Helping the Working people ofhere the community I agrew second family and everyone cares up in. about each other.

John Henderson, Lieutenant A Shift - Station 3 Start date: 4/22/02 I became a firefighter because: Growing up around the fire service with a dad that served for 25+ years, I’d say it was kinda in my blood. Love growing up around the station and the way the guys made you feel like family. My most proud accomplishment: As a firefighter it didn’t happen in Searcy but it was the three weeks I got to work with my dad as my officer. That memory will always be my proudest moment.

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Ryan Rogers, Lieutenant, Nate Bean, Firefighter C Shift - Central Station

Years of Start date: Service: 11/09/2009 2 Years Awards/Distinctions: I became a firefighter Sergeant in National because: Guard

It was something I’ve always wanted to do. I became a firefighter because: My wastradition. a captain on the Hazen It’s adad family Fire Department for 14 years so I grew What I enjoy most about my job: up in thetofire Getting rideservice. around in a fire truck What I enjoy most about my job: greatest job in the world. Also meeting Helping their time of great need. the needspeople of thein citizens of this while getting paid to do it. Truly the

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Best Rates in Searcy Patrolman Jason Denison Years of Service: 6 Years Awards/Distinctions:

I became a police officer because: I wanted to help change my community. What I enjoy most about my job: It changes everyday.

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John Gernenz, Firefighter A Shift - Central Station

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Start date: 11/5/18

I became a firefighter because: It was always a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid, and I like to be there for people when they need help and do my best to make them feel better. What I enjoy most about my job: That I get to work with every day, and seeing the smiles on the faces of people when we are there to help them with their needs.

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I became a firefighter because: While growing up as a son of a police officer, I learned the importance of helping others in need. My dad used to take my brother and I to the fire department side of the public service building in our city and I would love the experience of checking out all the equipment, watching the guys move when the tones went off, and even the involvement of them eating dinner together. I definitely was hooked in the fire service and became a cadet firefighter when I was as young as 16 years old. What I enjoy most about my job: The satisfaction of helping others. It may be as huge as helping them extinguish a fire in their house to simply replacing the batteries in their smoke detector. Knowing that we are available to help everyone in our city makes me proud and happy to have this job.

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Carl Raia, Battalion Chief A Shift, Central Station

Mark Dennison, Lieutenant B Shift - Station 3

Start date: 2/28/01

Start date: 10/9/06

I became a firefighter because: My father and grandfather were both volunteer firefighters. I grew up going to Christmas Party’s at the stations and loved being around the firefighting family. What I enjoy most about my job: Getting to work with a great group of people and help the people of my city. This is a career that you can really make the community better.

I became a firefighter because: I enjoy serving people and giving back to my community. I also love knowing the positive role model I am being for my children.

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Ryan Herrin, Firefighter A Shift - Central Station

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Isaias Thomas, Firefighter A Shift - Station 3

Start date: 11/27/17

Start date: 7/28/15

I became a firefighter because: I get to serve others by doing something that I love. What I enjoy most about my job: The brotherhood of the fire service. I know that I can call on anyone of my brothers in a time of need and they will answer the call. The adrenaline rush you get when the tones go off and you have to rush to the truck and throw on your gear, and knowing that you can do your best to make the possible worst day of some one’s life just a little better whether it be because of a fire, medical call or just someone to talk to and lend a helping hand.

I became a firefighter because: I was looking for a career where I can make a difference in people’s lives and where I can be proud to come to work every day. What I enjoy most about my job: For my family to see me become a firefighter and to be able to provide a service to the community that helped me grow to the person that I am now.

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Daily Citizen Detective Brian D. Fritts Years of Service: 7 Years

Rodrigo Thomas, Firefighter B Shift - Station 3 Start Date: 8/5/17

Awards/Distinctions: Motor Officer; Bike Patrol Officer; School Resource Officer; Certificate of Commendation; Officer of the Month

I became a police officer because: I wanted to help those that I care about. I wanted to protect my family and friends and be a resource they could come to when they needed guidance. I wanted to be someone kids would look up to and feel comfortable approaching whether in trouble or just to tell me how their day went.

What I enjoy most about my job: The sense of pride that come with being a Searcy Police Officer. We train hard to be the best for our community while maintaining a family atmosphere. Every Searcy office is a brother or sister and we want the absolute best for each other and our families. Being a motor officer is fun too.

I became a firefighter because: I love helping people. I’ve always wanted to give back to the community that has helped me most of my life. What I enjoy most about my job: The brotherhood and all the food that people drop by.

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SRO Don Davis Years of Service: 11 years Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Month three times; ALICE Instructor; IMPBA Certified; SCBC Instructor; recognized for service by the US Secret Service for security detail of President George W. Bush; recognized for service by AR Supreme Court for security detail for AR Supreme Course Justices.

I became a police officer because: I have a deep sense of right and wrong and believe in justice. I desire to serve and protect the community in which my family is a part of.

What I enjoy most about my job: I currently enjoy my role as Resource Officer for Searcy High School. I enjoy daily interactions with the students. It is important to me to help mold future citizens of this community in a positive way.

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Detective Spenser Dangerfield Years of Service: 6.5 Years Awards/Distinctions: Officer of the Year 2016; Officer of the Month December 2013 and June 2015; Certified Field Training Officer I became a police officer because: I enjoy serving and protecting my hometown and its citizens. What I enjoy most about my job: I enjoy investigating cases and helping to bring closure to the victims of crime.

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Andy Woody, Fire Chief Central Fire Station Start Date: 12/28/15 I became a firefighter because: I love being there to help people when they need it. When someone doesn’t know who to call or who can help them, they call the fire department and I am as honored today to be a firefighter as I was when I started more than 20 years ago. What I enjoy most about my job: Working as part of a team to create a culture of safety, wellness, pride, and comprehensive and professional community service in our Department that be long lasting. We have a great team, a family, in place at the fire department and I am humbled daily by the men and women that work here. There is absolutely nothing that they won’t do for the citizens and visitors of this community and I am honored to be a part of it.

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Daily Citizen Detective Greg Mote Years of Service: January 1997 Awards/Distinctions: Most likely to never regrow his hair award. I became a police officer because: I wanted to serve the community and help people. What I enjoy most about my job: The officers and staff I work with and knowing that someone has always got my back.

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Casey Howell,Firefighter Lieutenant Nate Bean, A Shift - Station 2 Yearsdate: of Start Service: 8/6/18

2 Years Awards/Distinctions: Sergeant in National Guard

because: II became becamea afirefighter firefighter because: It’s a family tradition. To help citizens in a time of need. I What Ibeing enjoy the mostprofessional about my job: enjoy people Getting to ride around in a fire truck look for help. while to getting paid to do it. Truly the greatest job in the world. Also meeting the needs of the citizens of this great city is an added bonus.

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Brian Dunavan, Battalion Chief of Support Services Central Station Start date: 2/12/97 I became a firefighter because: I started as a volunteer in Brinkley and an opportunity presented itself for me to become a firefighter in Searcy and I took it. The ability to make someone’s life better is one of the reasons I became a fireman and the opportunity to be involved in an awesome community is another. What I enjoy most about my job: Community involvement and the men I get to work with on a daily basis. I would encourage everyone to find what they love to do and make the most of every opportunity to be something positive for someone in your life.

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Jo-Pat Black, Lieutenant A Shift - Central Station Start Date: 4/29/09

I became a firefighter because: It was a childhood dream. I wanted to be someone in my community people could count on. What I enjoy most about my job: I enjoy the diversity of what every day holds; no two calls for service are the same. 3002 E. Race Searcy, AR 501-268-5777 coltonssteakhouse.com

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