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COMMISSION APPROVES PROMOTIONS FOR SEVEN STATE POLICE PERSONNEL:  TROOPERS HONORED WITH OFFICIAL COM

July 26, 2007 (LITTLE ROCK) - The Arkansas State Police Commission today approved the recommendations of Colonel Winford E. Phillips, Director of the Arkansas State Police, to promote seven commissioned personnel assigned within three divisions and the Director’s Office. • Lieutenant Lloyd Franklin, 52, of Pine Bluff, was promoted to the rank of captain. He is a 28 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assistant commander of Highway Patrol Division, Troop E. Captain Franklin will assume new duties with his promotion assigned as Troop E commander. • Lieutenant James M. Hall, 58, of Hot Springs Village, was promoted to the rank of captain. He is a 26 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assistant commander of Highway Patrol, Troop K. Captain Hall will assume new duties with his promotion as commander of the department’s Regulatory Services Section and State Fire Marshal’s Office. • Sergeant Mark Blankenship, 44, of Benton, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He is a 19 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Company A. Lieutenant Blankenship will assume new duties with his promotion as commander of CID, Company A. • Sergeant Steven Coppinger, 45, of Fayetteville, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He is a 12 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Company D. Lieutenant Coppinger will assume new duties with his promotion as commander of CID, Company D. • Corporal Richard Eads, 42, of Ward, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is a 23 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop A. Sergeant Eads will assume new duties with his promotion as a Troop A supervisory post sergeant. • Corporal Phillip Pickett, 43, of Hardy, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is a 19 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop B. Sergeant Pickett will assume new duties with his promotion as a Troop B supervisory post sergeant. • Corporal Rick Neill, 38, of Maumelle, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He is a 10 year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Director’s Office, Executive Protection Section. Sergeant Neill will assume new duties with his promotion as a supervisor within the Executive Protection Section. The commissioners also recognized three recipients of Departmental Official Commendations: • Trooper Christopher C. Goodman, assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop J, an Official Commendation recipient for his consummate resolve to duty and service as an Arkansas State Trooper and a reputation of exemplary perseverance dedicated to criminal patrol and drug interdiction and a superior record of narcotic seizures. The award was presented based on Trooper Goodman’s cumulative drug seizures beginning in February 2007. • Corporal George Summerlin, assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop J, an Official Commendation recipient for his consummate resolve to duty and service as an Arkansas State Trooper and a reputation of exemplary perseverance dedicated to criminal patrol and drug interdiction and a superior record of narcotic seizures. The award was presented based on Trooper Summerlin’s cumulative drug seizures beginning in February 2007. • Corporal Gregg Bray, assigned to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop A, an Official Commendation recipient for his alert readiness in response to an April 13th, 2007, Faulkner County bank robbery and his consummate resolve to apprehend the armed suspects despite an imminent threat of personal danger to himself and for his demonstration of calm and courage while under fire from the suspects and his collective gallantry throughout the pursuit and decisive actions which ultimately resulted in the arrests of the wanted individuals.