Attendees of the Newport High School football game were captivated by a sea of varying uniforms that filed across the field September 8. During the second annual Heroes Appreciation Night, the Newport Athletic Booster Club honored police officers, deputies, troopers, fire and EMS personnel for a few moments on Greyhound Field. This year the line grew longer as surrounding communities and counties joined the ceremony along with a Survival Flight team and North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman.
During the ceremony, Kristen Weatherford, widow of slain Newport officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford, was honored with a plaque presented by former Governor Mike Beebe. Trooper Marcus Simpson of Arkansas State Police Troop D was presented a plaque for his service in the National Guard and Benny Smith was honored for his past service in the National Guard. - Photos submitted by Alton Walker