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Highway Dedicated to Fallen Officers – Joel Campora & Cody Carpenter

BY MELANIE BUCK – Two signs have been placed along Highway 71 North near Y City to honor two officers that perished in the May 31, 2013 floods. Wildlife Officer Joel Campora and Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter both lost their lives in route to save others from rapidly rising and swift floodwaters. Both were beloved by their communities. In ...

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Soliz Awarded Joel Campora Achievement Award

BY LEANN DILBECK – A former Mena resident received a notable recognition during his graduation as the agency’s only Mexican AGFC (Arkansas Game & Fish Commission) officer, and one that he holds a close parallel to.  Bernie Soliz’s peers in the academy voted for him to receive the Joel Campora Achievement Award. Campora died in the line of duty on ...

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Campora to be Inducted into Outdoor Hall of Fame

BY MELANIE BUCK – Joel Campora, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer First Class, has been chosen to be inducted into the 2015 Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame. The Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame began in 1992 as a project of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation to recognize Arkansans’ achievements in ...

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Campora to Speak at ROCK THE BLUE

BY LEANN DILBECK – It’s been a year and a half since a flood that claimed the life of Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officer Joel Campora. Thousands watched daily as his fellow law enforcement officers combed the area to recover him and then watched as he was given a hero’s farewell… all heartbroken at his loss and for his ...

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Honesty Goes a Long Way

BY JOEL CAMPORA – Reprinted with permission by The Arkansas Wildlife Officer Magazine who received this story from Wildlife Officer First Class Joel Campora before his tragic death during a rescue operation May 31, 2013, but was not published until their Sept/Oct 2013 issue. Arkansas Wildlife Officer Magazine Editor Jeff Williams said, “We could write about his dedication to conserving ...

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Campora Named AGFC Wildlife Officer of the Year

BY LEANN DILBECK – Joel Campora has been named as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer of the Year. Campora died in the line of duty May 31 along with fellow law enforcement officer Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter while the two were attempting to rescue two women trapped in their home that was consumed by flood waters ...

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Marshall Tucker Headlines Crystal Music Festival; Fallen Heroes Honored

By LeAnn Dilbeck The first annual Crystal Music Festival held in Board Camp, Ark. is officially in the books. Attracting top headliners like Diamond Rio and Marshall Tucker, the event also showcased regional and local talent as well. Promoters of the event, Orville and Cheryl Murphy, delivered on their promise for a family friendly event and it did not go ...

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Campora and Atkinson Honored at Salem Baptist Church VBS

By LeAnn Dilbeck Salem Baptist Church in Nunley has quite a long history of large Vacation Bible Schools (VBS), and this year was no different. However, greatly differentiating this year from others was a dedication to two who both had very long histories with the Salem VBS, Joel Campora and Dakota Atkinson. Joel was deeply rooted in Salem Baptist Church, ...

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County Mourning Loss of Two Law Enforcement Officers

BY LEANN DILBECK – The loss of two Scott County law enforcement officers is being felt heavily in Polk County.  The three-day search ended Sunday when the body of 32-year old Arkansas Game & Fish wildlife officer, Joel Campora, a Mena native, was found around 9:30 a.m. almost two miles from where he and Sheriff Cody Carpenter attempted to help ...

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