In the courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse the Mena Elks Lodge presented awards to individuals for outstanding service to the community. Every year the Elks name a Deputy of the year. This year the awards were expanded to include local city Police Officers, Fire Fighters and Volunteer Fire Fighters.
The Mena Elks Deputy of the year was presented to Deputy Steve Fortner. Deputy Fortner joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 as a Reserve Deputy and became a full time Deputy in 2012.
The Mena Elks Fire Fighter of the year was presented to Emory Zakin. Zakin joined the Mena Fire Department in July of 2017.
The Mena Elks Volunteer Fire Fighter of the year was presented to Walt “Skeets” Williams. “Skeets” has been a volunteer Fire Fighter for 34 years and has served as Chief of the Dallas Valley Fire Department for 28 years.
The Mena Elks City Police Officer of the year is Ronnie Dale Richardson of the Mena Police Department. Officer Richardson has served 26 years in law enforcement and has held positions as Jailor, Police Officer, Drug Task Force Officer, Constable, and Deputy Sheriff.