Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:14 AM
Subject: AR Law Enforcement Officer of the Year receives award from White House


Arkansas wildlife officer receives police Medal of Valor

<div>Michael Neal</div>

Michael Neal


By Peter Urban

Stephens Washington Bureau



WASHINGTON — Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officer Michael Neal received the nation’s highest public safety honor at a White House ceremony Wednesday.


Vice President Joe Biden thanked Neal and 17 other public safety officers for their “extraordinary acts” of bravery in the line of duty.


“You are the heart. You are the soul. You are the spine of the nation,” Biden said.


The 18 recipients of the Police Safety Officer Medal of Valor included four who died in the line of duty. They join 60 others who have received the medal since 2003.


Neal was recognized for heroic actions he took on May 20, 2010, during a shootout in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Memphis.