Arkansas honors law enforcement officers who died during pandemic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK/KAIT) – Fourteen rings of the bell. These rings represent 14 Arkansas officers who have lost their lives in the past two years.

Now, those names are etched forever in the Arkansas Law Enforcement Memorial outside the State Capitol building.

“It is a great honor for us to have our son inscribed on these monuments alongside the other officers who lost their lives,” Edgar Moore told content partner KARK.

Edgar and Rebecca Moore’s son Chandler worked as an Arkansas Highway Patrol officer until a combination of COVID-19 and pneumonia claimed his life last September.

Chandler’s sister, Mary-Lynn Leslie, wore a picture of her brother to honor him.

“Every day is a battle,” she told KARK. “It was when he graduated.”

The photo was brought for a specific reason.

“So he could be here too. So he could see everyone and what they were doing for him,” Mary-Lynn continued.

COVID-19 also claimed the life of Sheridan police officer Shane Green, who died last August.

Officer Ken Wicker was Green’s partner for 22 years, and now their bond is forever represented by a pin.

“When you lose that person so suddenly and unexpectedly, it doesn’t feel right to you,” he said. “He knew what the job was, he knew what he wanted to do and he fulfilled every aspect of it. For us again, here we carry this torch.

A flame continues to burn, even though they are still trying to find peace after losing a loved one.

“All I can say is that it would help is that God has to be in your heart, and he’s the only one who can give you peace,” Edgar said.

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