Reaves Featured in Hometown Highlight


There are few that answers the call to serve, even fewer who serve in multiple areas of emergency services. Jeffrey Robert Reaves of Hackett is one of those few.

Reaves, 26, works at the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher, serves Fire Chief for the City of Hackett, and also as a county reserve deputy.

While juggling the duties of his profession, Reaves always finds the time to spend with his infant twins, Mollie and Jeffrey.

Reaves is undoubtedly one of the most devoted individuals, to his family, his friends and his work. Regardless of his schedule, Reaves continually works to find ways to improve emergency services. Moreover, he wants to help other departments do the same.

“When I think of Jeff, I think of a calm, collected individual with a servants heart,” shared lifelong friend and former co-worker, Renee Flesher. “Whether it’s fighting fires, first responding, dispatching or dealing with individuals that others choose not to deal with, he does it with grace and purpose.”

Reaves’ former Fire Chief James McCutcheon agrees. “Jeffrey has been on the department for ten years, give or take a year, including his time as a junior firefighter. He has always played an active role in the department and has served in several positions, such as emergency medical responder, equipment manager, and trainer. All of these in addition to firefighting, and has excelled beyond expectations as Assistant Chief. Jeffrey is one of the most dependable people I know and shows it in his service to the Hackett Community as well as the County. Even on his days off he is always doing something to help with the department and community. He is one of a few individuals that are in my circle that I trust my life with. Jeffrey serves and conducts himself with great integrity, making sure everyone around him knows where he stands. Always doing the right thing even when doing the right thing is the hard thing to do. He loves his family, his friends and his community and he shows it with his actions. I’m very proud of Jeffrey and what he has accomplished in the time I’ve known him and just as proud to call him a friend.”

This selfless son, brother, father and friend has certainly earned a place in the Hometown Highlight! We congratulate him on being nominated for this honor.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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