Keynote Speakers -

Chief Bob Paudert (Ret.) and Sheriff Michael Neal


May 20, 2010 was a very tragic day. Not only because it marks the day when two more officers died in the line of the duty, but for the father of one of those officers, it’s especially tragic because it might have been prevented. Bob Paudert was Chief of Police in West Memphis, Arkansas on that day in May nearly two years ago, when he was driving down Highway 40 with his wife Linda and heard the call that an officer was down. At that point, he didn’t know if it were one of his agency’s officers or another’s, and he surely didn’t expect what he learned when he arrived on the scene. One of the officers gun-downed during a traffic stop, was his own son Sergeant Brandon Paudert and Brandon’s partner Officer Bill Evans. The murderers were Jerry and Joe Kane, father and son. Joe Kane was just 16 years at the time. But due to “training” from his father, not too young to brandish the AK-47 that didn’t give the officers a chance.

On May 20 of 2010, Officer Neal was instrumental in ending a brutal gun battle in West Memphis that resulted in the death of two West Memphis police officers and the wounding of two Crittenden County Sheriff’s officers.  He became instrumental in ending the gunfire by ramming his Game & Fish vehicle into a minivan carrying two shooters. While under direct fire, he engaged them in a fierce gun battle, eliminated their threat and saving many lives. In his presentation of the Medal of Valor to Officer Neal, Governor Mike Beebe stated “His training kicked in and further tragedy was averted and avoided by his trained, heroic, selfless actions.”

Officer Neal has received numerous different awards for his heroic actions which included: The Congressional Medal of Valor presented by the President of the United States, 4 Medals of Valor, Citations from The Arkansas House of Representatives, The Arkansas State Senate, The United States Senate, the International Officer of the year 2011, 2010 Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer of the Year Award, the NRA officer of the year, the Southeast Regional Conservation Officer and Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Due to his excellent training, he is the one of the most decorated Wildlife Officers in the history of Arkansas Game and Fish.

Join us to hear the entire story of this tragic day and threats Sovereign Citizens pose to law enforcement. 

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