TFC Michael Tompkins named Law officer of the Year

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Trooper First Class Michael Tompkins of Manila was honored on Friday at the American Legion Dud Cason Post 24 in Blytheville for being named Law Officer of the Year.

Pictured from left are; Alonzo Hayes, second vice of the Dud Cason Post 24; Blytheville Assistant Police Chief Ricky Jefferson; Blytheville Mayor James Sanders; Mississippi county Judge Randy Carney; TFC Michael Tompkins, Department Law Officer of the Year; Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook; American Legion State Commander Jim Lane; Mississippi County Major Andrew Harris; and Northeast Arkansas Vice Commander of American Legion Keith Paluso Sr.

Tompkins is with Troop C of the Arkansas State Police Department.

Keith E. Paluso, Sr., Northeast Arkansas Vice Commander, District "V" Executive Committeeman, Post 24, Blytheville, welcomed Trooper Tompkins and guests to the ceremony.

"Everyone has heard some type of media resource that there are no more heroes in the world today, that any or everyone we look up to has a bad reputation or not worth our time and eventually will steer us in the wrong direction," Paluso said. "To my understanding this is not true. There are heroes in our world. Webster dictionary defines hero as a male figure that displays superior courage and strength or a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. Heroes are everywhere. We just need to look further and find the hero within the people we know personally or people we have heard about. A hero is strong and looked up to and admired by many or only a few.

TFC Michael Tompkins receives award. Pictured with Tompkins are Keith Pulaso, NE Ark. Commander Vice (left) and Jim Lane, American Legion State Commander (right).

"To me, an ordinary hero can be anyone who is hard-working, loving and dedicated. That is why I submitted TFC Michael Tompkins for this prestigious' award."

Paluso went on to say Trooper Tompkins is deserving of the award for the work he does and his support in his church activities, community activities including coaching little league baseball and working with the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Tompkins graduated from Twin Rivers High School in Broseley, Mo., and attended Three Rivers Community College working on a degree in law enforcement. He worked as a police officer with the Corning Police Department and attended Law Enforcement Training Academy at Pocahontas in 2003.

He started testing and began the Arkansas State Police Troop School graduating in 2008. He was assigned to the highway patrol division and was stationed to work in Mississippi County.

Tompkins and his wife, Lilly, have two children. They are active members of Westside Baptist Church.

Paluso presented Trooper Tompkins a framed certificate from the district and State Commander of the American Legion Joe Lane presented him with a plaque.

Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney congratulated Trooper Tompkins, thanking him for the outstanding job he does.

Tompkins expressed his appreciation.

"I want to thank the members of the Arkansas American Legion for selecting me for the Department Law Officer of the year Award," Tompkins said. "It is an honor in itself to be nominated, but to be the recipient of this award is a very humbling experience. I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for leading me day by day and giving me strength. I want to thank my family for their support and the Arkansas State Police for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Arkansas. I also want to thank Mr. Paluso for believing in me and offering the nomination and especially, I want to thank all of the Veterans who have served our country."

Others attending the ceremony and offering their congratulations to Trooper Tompkins were Blytheville Mayor James Sanders, (former state trooper and county sheriff); Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook (former state trooper); Major Andrew Harris with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department (former state trooper); Assistant Blytheville Chief Ricky Jefferson; and Albert Alonzo Hayes, second vice, Post 24; and Peggie Paluso.

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