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New Vehicle A Tribute to Hempstead County’s Fallen

By Dale Gathright, Jr, 12/18/20 10:30 AM

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HOPE – Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton has rolled out the newest addition to his fleet; a 2020 Ford F-150 that replaces a unit wrecked in November. The truck was purchased with the proceeds from the insurance settlement. Sheriff Singleton said this unit is a “Tribute to All Hempstead County Men and Women who Gave All in Service to our Country.”

Instead of the normal graphics applied to sheriffs vehicles, Sheriff Singleton and a group of Hempstead County veterans donated the funds to outfit the new patrol vehicle with graphics honoring the sacrifice of Hempstead County servicemen. In all $1,327 was raised to complete the project.

Sgt. Michael Braddock, along with help from the county 309 prisoners, installed all the graphics and equipment in the truck, saving the sheriff’s office over $1,000 in installation costs. “I am so proud of Sgt. Braddock and the work he has done with this truck making sure it was completed with the utmost care. This patrol vehicle will be the sheriff’s office rolling tribute to our fallen Hero’s from Hempstead County,” Singleton said.

The truck will be assigned to Deputy Derick Bunn, who also serves in the Arkansas National Guard in the Hope Unit.