Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Wildlife Officer Joel Campora Drown While Trying to Save Victims of Flash Flood

Published by on June 18, 2013

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Sheriff Cody Carpenter and Wildlife Officer Joel Campora 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.

Sheriff Carpenter had served as sheriff for 11 years and had served with the Scott Sheriff’s Office for a total of 16 years.

Officer Campora was 32 years old had served for 7 years and had two children.

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