Before April this year, a 10-year veteran Helena-West Helena Police officer was wearing a different uniform. For the previous 14 months, Sgt. Robert Rogers wore Army green while serving in Iraq.

 

Before April this year, a 10-year veteran Helena-West Helena Police officer was wearing a different uniform. For the previous 14 months, Sgt. Robert Rogers wore Army green while serving in Iraq.
Rogers has seen three tours of duty in Iraq. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and other commendations for bravery on October 10, 2009. Rogers suffered a concussion when he ran to a tanker to help rescue other service men after a rocket- propelled grenade hit a truck.  Rogers said the gunner in the truck had to be airlifted out. Rogers suffered his injuries when the tanker exploded approximately 75 yards away from him. In Iraq he was serving in Echo Company Second Ninety Eight division and his current rank is Staff Sergeant.
Rogers has spent three years in Iraq having been deployed on three separate occasions. He has enlisted with the National Guard.
He joined the Army when he was 17, right after graduating from high school in Clarksdale and in the early days of his military career he served in Korea and Germany.  Rogers also has been deployed on numerous humanitarian missions such as to Nicaragua, Honduras, Barbados and Italy.
Rogers has been involved in local police work the past 10 years.
He is married and is the father of four daughters - two who live with he and his wife at Lexa and the other two who live in Clarksdale, Miss.
He also referees high school football, enjoys boxing around the Tri-state area and is classified in the heavyweight division. He teaches defensive tactics mainly for the police department and coaches girls softball.
He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.