The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission honored nine wildlife officers and one wildlife management technician for their dedicated service to the natural resources and the people of Arkansas during its Fourth Annual Enforcement Awards Banquet in Little Rock, March 14.
The banquet recognizes officers from across the state who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the previous year.
Cpl. Blake Broomfield of Little River County was honored with the Warden’s Cross Award during the fourth annual Enforcement Awards Banquet held in Little Rock, March 14. The honor is bestowed to wildlife officers who, through their actions, demonstrate extraordinary courage that sets themselves apart from other enforcement officers.
Broomfield received the award for his actions during an armed standoff last April in a residential neighborhood in Little River County near a local elementary school. Arriving in support of Little River Sheriff’s Department, Broomfield set up surveillance at a residence where an armed suspect had barricaded himself into an outbuilding after firing shots. After several hours, the suspect emerged from the building with a handgun, frantically waving his arms. Officers talked with the subject and tried to get him to come into custody peacefully. After several attempts to work with the subject, officers were forced to use a Taser to remove further threat of injury or death from the suspect’s firearm. However, the first Taser shot did not connect properly, forcing Cpl. Broomfield to fire his Taser, disarm the suspect and take him into custody without further incident.