Lt. Governor Griffin Mourns Death of Pea Ridge Officer
Says ‘I am heartbroken for the family of the officer, the community and the Pea Ridge Police Department who lost one of their own'
LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Griffin issued the following statement in response to the tragic death of Pea Ridge Police Officer Kevin Apple:
"This afternoon I received the tragic news that another Arkansas law enforcement officer was senselessly killed in the line of duty. I am heartbroken for the family of the officer, the community and the Pea Ridge Police Department who lost one of their own. This sort of tragedy has become all too common at a time when all Americans should be grateful for the critical role that law enforcement plays in keeping us safe and secure. I am praying for those grieving and for our state and nation.”
About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin
He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.