Piggott, AR – Piggott Police Department (PPD) Officer Cody Carter died unexpectedly on July 16.
Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said the 41-year-old officer died in a “tragic incident,” KAIT reported.
Officer Carter’s family said he passed away unexpectedly while “doing what he loved best, spending time with his family and friends,” according to his obituary.
No further details or an exact cause of death were immediately released.
Officer Carter’s longtime friend, George Caldwell, said the veteran officer was always quick to come to the aid of anyone who needed help, KAIT reported.
“Cody was a great friend. A great police officer. A brother in blue. A great husband. A great father,” Caldwell said. “He was always there to back his brothers in arms. Back them up when they needed him. He was just a hometown hero.”
Caldwell said the death of Officer Carter is “a big loss” for the entire community, as well as the law enforcement agencies he worked with and alongside, KAIT reported.
Officer Carter served 10 years as a correctional officer before joining the PPD, according to his obituary.
He also served as a drug task force agent during his time with the department.
“When Cody was seen he always had a smile on his face and he always had a joke to make any situation better,” his obituary read. “[He was] always willing to go above and beyond helping out in every situation. Cody was an exceptional man that loved with his whole heart and let all connected with him know that special part of him and know they were loved.”
Officer Carter leaves behind his wife, Lindsay, as well as his children, Kaitlyn, Justice, and Lawson.
He is also survived by his parents, sister, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and many friends and extended family members.
A fundraising campaign established to help Officer Carter’s family in the wake of their loss has raised more than $1,700 so far.
He was laid to rest on July 22.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Piggott Police Department Officer Cody Carter, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.