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I rise today to honor the service and sacrifice of Corporal Bill Cooper of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal Cooper gave his life in the line of duty on August 10, 2016.

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who spent fifteen years in the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and six years with the Fort Smith Police Department, Bill Cooper was a true public servant.

Corporal Cooper was remembered by his colleagues as a model law enforcement officer who did things the right way. He loved the men and women he worked with and he exemplified what many in law enforcement aspire toward, which was being an officer who never failed to show how much he cared about his community.

As such, he continued to serve long after he was eligible to retire. Cooper was also a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family very much.

Last month, Corporal Cooper responded to a domestic violence call involving an armed suspect near Hackett, Arkansas. The suspect opened fire on Cooper and Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells. Corporal Cooper was fatally wounded. Chief Spells and Greenwood K-9 officer Kina, were injured. The suspect later surrendered and was taken into police custody.

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