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story.lead_photo.caption West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert (right) stands with Michael K. Neal, who was honored Thursday at a Little Rock ceremony for taking action against assailants who killed Paudert’s son and another West Memphis police officer last month. ( Stephen B. Thornton)

When the “officers down” call went over the radio, Arkansas Game and Fish officer Michael K. Neal stopped his truck, put on his body armor, strapped his assault rifle to his chest and sped toward West Memphis to join the hunt for the assailants.

Michael Neal rammed the van with his truck carrying the pair who shot dead two West Memphis police officers in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Governor Beebe presents the Medal of Valor

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 06/18/2010

Print Headline: ‘Training kicked in’ for run at killers


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  • classicpeterbuilt
    June 18, 2010 at 7:31 a.m.

    Job well done, I think we should give this guy a slow clap........clap..........clap..........clap..........clap

  • HB4
    June 18, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.

    I agree...well done.

  • BigDad
    June 18, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.

    This is what our officers potentially face everyday. God Bless all of them!

  • Ran2133
    June 18, 2010 at 12:48 p.m.

    The action of Officer Neal probably saved other lives! A well deserved honor; I salute you, sir!

  • readerguy
    June 18, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.

    Yes, a job well done, I also am honored to Salute you , As the Hero you are

  • readerguy
    June 18, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

    Yes, a job well done, I also am honored to Salute you , As the Hero you are

  • shamelesstrkr_yahoo_com
    June 19, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.

    Give me a break people our guys and gals of law enforcement do this every day of thier career, how many of those have gotten medals???? This guy was doing his JOB!!!!!! No medal to be awarded he gets his weekly payckeck. Want to be a medal getting hero?????? Then do something that is NOT part of your JOB DESCRIPTION