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Wildlife Officer Joel Lee Campora | Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas

Wildlife Officer

Joel Lee Campora

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 5/31/2013

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Wildlife Officer Joel Campora and Sheriff Cody Carpenter, of the Scott County Sheriff's Office, drowned while assisting victims of an overnight flash flood along the Fourche Lefave River near Y City, Arkansas.

They had responded by boat to a 911 call at a home in the flooded area along the river. They both exited the boat and entered the home to assist two female victims who were trapped inside. At some point the officers, victims, and boat were swept away by the rising water. Sheriff Carpenter's body was located the following morning while Officer Campora's body was recovered three days later one mile downstream.

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Sheriff Cody Don Carpenter
Scott County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Friday, May 31, 2013
Cause: Drowned

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I ran today at the police memorial run in Washington DC in honor of Joel. It was an inspiring for my colleagues and I run in honor of our fallen heros. From what I have read about Joel since the race, he was truly a hero, as he and the Sheriff attempted to save the lives of others.

DFC Kristie Leigh
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
May 10, 2014


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