Fallen sheriff next in line to lead association


WALDRON, AR- Funeral services for Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM at the Waldron High School football stadium.

Carpenter was killed trying to rescue storm victims and will be buried at the Freedom Cemetery near Waldron.

As a deputy and close friend of Sheriff Carpenter, Lieutenant Ricky Morales said the risk is a part of the oath as a serviceman.

“He’d be there till the very end and that’s what he did,” said Lieutenant Morales.

“Me and Cody got elected the same time and took office the same time,” said Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas who went through the academy alongside Sheriff Carpenter.

Setting them up for a friendship that grew stronger and stronger with each passing year.

How do you put into words the life of a man who risked his life for others?

“He just had that personality that everybody liked him,” said Sheriff Lucas.

So likable that Sheriff Carpenter was about to take over as President of the Arkansas’ Sheriffs Association.

“Between myself and the other 74 Sheriffs in Arkansas we’re going to make sure his family is taken care of,” said Sheriff Lucas.

Sheriff Carpenter left behind a wife and four children, but those who know his widow said she’s tough.

“She wants to express that she’s very thankful for everything,” said Lieutenant Morales.

Bringing him out of the cold waters and giving him a final resting place.

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