Lt. Johnny Weaver, Officer Bo Carter, Officer James Hargrave, Officer Cliff Harris, and BCSO Captain David Grable participated in the 2nd Annual Heroes Ruck Challenge in Little Rock this weekend.
Each of them carried a ruck pack weighing at least 35 pounds for the 15.3 mile trek through Little Rock that started and ended at the Clinton Presidential Library.
They participated in memory of Jason Sprague, Sherri Jones, and Michael Page – three local law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Each mile along the route commemorated the sacrifice of a fallen service member or first responder.
The event benefits Sheep Dog Impact Assistance – Central Arkansas. This organization is an all-volunteer non profit organization that helps meets the needs of the men and women in the military and those serving as first responders.
Deputy Michael Page (BCSO) – End of Watch: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Deputy Michael Page was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a hit-and-run suspect.
Deputy Page had responded to a report of a car striking a utility pole. As he arrived on the scene he observed a man running into the nearby woods. A scuffle ensued in the woods and Deputy Page was struck over the head and then shot in the shoulder with his own weapon.
Paramedics and other deputies who responded to the scene located Deputy Page as he walked himself out of the woods. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
The suspect’s body was found later in the day with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Deputy Page had served with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Department for 3 years, and had previously served with the Texarkana Police Department for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and three sisters.
Deputy Sherri Jones (BCSO) End of Watch: Monday, April 18, 2011
Deputy Sherri Jones was shot and killed in the basement of the Bowie County Courthouse while preparing to transport a prisoner at approximately 2:30 pm.
She was moving the prisoner from a courtroom to a transportation van to drive him to a state facility when he attacked her. She was overpowered and fatally shot with her own gun. The prisoner then stole the transport van and fled to Arkansas where he was taken into custody.
Deputy Jones had served with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Department for six years.
Officer William Sprague (TTPD) End of Watch: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Police Officer William Sprague succumbed to injuries sustained the previous night when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while investigating a disturbance at Grady T. Wallace Park at approximately 12:30 am.
Officer Sprague had responded to reports of the disturbance, involving approximately 100 people, and was attempting to make contact with the driver of an SUV. The vehicle suddenly accelerated, struck him, and then fled the area. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following morning.
The subject who struck the officer was arrested the following day after being interviewed by detectives.
Officer Sprague had served with the Texarkana Police Department for two years and had previously served with several agencies in Arkansas. He is survived by his wife and son.
Information from the Officers Down Memorial Page.