DG Judy Guthrie recognizes those that made the 38th Annual Public Safety Officers Luncheon a success.   There were over 300 in attendance to honor their Area Officers.  Both Texarkana Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Arkansas Mayor Ruth Penney Bell announced the Winners and why they were selected as Officer of the Year.   State Representative Carol Dalby introduced the Keynote Speaker Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.  

Many Fire and Police Officers were honored during the event; however, Texarkana, Texas Fire Department honored 12 Department Heads, Driver/Engineers and Firefighters who volunteered to deploy to the Gulf Coast in August 2017.  With almost 200 years of experience between them, this group say it was an experience they will never forget but would gladly do it again if needed.  The resilience of the people displaced by Hurricane Harvey and outpouring of support while down a the gulf coast were testaments that they made the right decision to go help. 
Assistant Fire Chief Chris Black, Battalion Chief Alan Sikes, Captain Don Rich, Captain Dakota Huddleston, Captain Ken Chamblee, Driver/Engineers- Marty Lawrence, Lucas Shelton, Hunter Fant, Firefighters-John Taylor, Brad Smith, Lane Peeples.