Members of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the community are mourning the loss of Sgt. Jeremiah Harper following an accident at the officer’s home.
A social media posting from the department says 30-year-old Harper started his career with the law enforcement agency in September 2014 under former Sheriff Keith Slape.
Sgt. Harper worked at the sheriff office as a jailer/dispatcher, reserve deputy sheriff, full-time deputy sheriff and jail sergeant. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2018. Sgt.
“Jeremiah was one of those people that everyone loved,” Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says, “He always had a grin on his face, would do anything for anybody and was solid and dependable. His death has us all reeling and leaves a huge void in our agency and in our lives. Jeremiah was not only a co-worker, but a friend. We are one big family and our family is hurting. I ask for your prayers for everyone at my office and for Jeremiah’s friends and family.”
Sgt. Harper has several family members in law enforcement in Newton and Boone counties. His father, Steve, is a bailiff and reserve deputy for Newton County, his cousin, J.D. Harper, is a full-time deputy in Newton County and another cousin, Dusty Morgan, is a full-time deputy for Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
Funeral arrangements are pending for Sgt. Harper.