BY MELANIE BUCK –
Andy Riner, Prosecuting Attorney for the 18th West Judicial District, was honored with this year’s Superhero Award, given by the Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Mena, at their second annual Child Abuse Prevention Rally held in Polk County. The event was presented at their local location, 400 Port Arthur Avenue, where they serve the county’s abused children.
Karen Wright, Director of the Center, presented the award. The rally was held as county law enforcement, along with other local, state, and federal officers, were on the search for two local children that had been declared missing, of which both were later found deceased, as well as their mother and great-uncle.
Riner was surprised and honored by the award. He received an official Superhero cape and a crystal award. On that day, Riner spoke of how child abuse and neglect is rampant around all communities. “Evil never stops,” said Riner. “It’s our job to bring justice to those that commit atrocities against children.”