Law Enforcement Center Memorial

A memorial to the five local officers who gave their lives defending their homes, families and neighbors is being erected on the grounds of the White County Law Enforcement Center, to be built entirely by donations.

 

The total cost of the monument, is expected to be $6000.00. County officials have approved placement of the memorial on county property at the front entrance of the sheriff’s office.

The goal for the project is to have all the money raised by the third week of March, to allow time to have it made and shipped, then dedicate the memorial the second week of May, coinciding with National Police Week. I am asking that any surviving family member of any of the fallen officers to please contact me so I can personally invite them to appear at the dedication. A fundraising potluck dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 9 at the offices of NorthStar EMS, 1115 S. Benton. Funds raised will go toward the memorial and the public is invited.

Donations can be mailed to Lt. Jeff Langley at the White County Law Enforcement Center, 1600 E. Booth Rd., Searcy, AR 72143. For more information call him at 279-6279.

The following is information about the five officers in White County who have died in the line of duty:

 

J.D. Hastings

On Sept. 3, 1899, Beebe City Marshall J.D. Hastings died on Sept. 7th from wounds suffered days earlier when stabbed by a drunken man. Hastings was not able to fend off the attack as the marshal tried to arrest the suspect.

 

Marshall Abe Pipkin

At 4:30 a.m. April 5, 1977, Beebe City Marshall Abe Pipkin, 71, was found by a newspaper carrier after being hit about 20 times with a blunt object by a burglary suspect at Dotson’s Pharmacy, 110 North Main. Pipkin died en route to a Little Rock hospital.

 

Daniel Phillip Longstreet

Daniel Phillip “Danny” Longstreet was assassinated on the morning of March 14, 1997 while sitting in his patrol car in Higginson, where he was a police officer. The shooter silenced Longstreet to keep the officer from testifying against him in another case.

 

John Ziegler

John Ziegler, constable of Bald Knob Township, was killed in a traffic accident March 19, 1998 while responding to a call of a child in respiratory distress.

 

George Clifford Griffin Sr.

On June 17, 2005, George Clifford Griffin, 48, was on his way to assist another officer when his patrol car collided with another automobile. Griffin, a deputy with the White County Sheriff’s Office, died June 21st in the hospital.