LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday, three exceptional people were honored at Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. Each handpicked by Arkansas Stop the Violence, an organization dedicated to alleviating crime in the area.
Ray Nosler received the Man of the Year Award, Pastor Marion Humphrey, who’s also a retired judge, received Pastor of the Year, and Officer Scott Reedy was awarded Officer of the Year. They’ve all got one thing in common, a servant’s heart.
"I'm not exactly sure why I was chosen. I know I love my kids and I'm passionate about what I do,” said Reedy.
This well-known nonprofit is awarding and acknowledging those who selflessly put others before themselves.
"I don't know if there's anything unusual or extraordinary about my work. I simply try to be a member of this community,” said Humphrey.
Every year in June, Arkansas Stop the Violence gives out three awards in three categories to those they consider to be leaders in the community.
“We're a small congregation, but we try to do our little part on this corner here in the city,” said Humphrey.
He’s been the pastor at Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church for over 30 years. Also a retired judge, Humphrey said he takes pride in working with Arkansas Stop the Violence as crime in the area is one his main concerns.
“What we have are young people who think that they're demonstrating their manhood. They have this false notion of what it means to be respected, so they retaliate in situations for very flimsy reasons and reasons that are insignificant,” he said.
Humphrey also thinks a lot of inner city youth are misguided.
“We want our young people to behave themselves, we want them to get the most out of life. We want them to be creative and we want them to be responsible,” Humphrey added.
Officer Scott Reedy, another person in the spotlight today, is not your average cop.
“You have to be patient and you have to be understanding,” Reedy said.
He left patrolling the streets to be a resource officer at Central High School.
"I guess I enjoy the children so much because they're young, they're fresh, and they're not filled with all the meanness that society is unfortunately is going to fill them with,” he said.
Reedy has been with the Little Rock Police Department for about 21 years. He admits working with teens of impressionable age is no easy task, but he'd have it no other way.
“If they ever need anything I’m going to be there to take care of them. I'm passionate and I love my kids, they're my kids,” said Reedy.
Ray Nosler was unable to attend the service today. Reverend Benny Johnson told us in the last two years, Nosler has donated almost 400 bikes to their Annual Christmas Bike Drive.