Two individuals have been recognized among their peers for duty in their respective fields of service for 2011.

The City of Conway’s fire and police departments honor two individuals annually who embody each department’s mission of service to the community. 

Conway Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year for 2011 is Capt. Phillip Short, rescue command. The Conway Police Department’s Officer of the Year is Patrol Officer Timothy Woods. 

Short joined the fire department in 1995. 

“Phillip came in with a group of 11 firefighters and they were a close-knit group. We used to do physical therapy together, which was us running three miles a day. The thing that struck me about him then, and that is still the same now — is that he is a good natured, positive man with a great sense of humor,” fire chief Bart Castleberry said. “He is a good husband and father and a man you like to be around. When I know he is on the scene, I know things will be handled right. He is a captain that I can count on. I mean that sincerely.”

Short was selected by his peers, Castleberry said.

“The men and women in his command have the utmost respect for him and his level of competency.”

Short is married to Dana Short, and the couple have two children, Ryan and Charley.

Woods joined the Conway Police Department in November of 2007. He is a patrol officer and field training officer.

“I find Woods’ work ethic to be exemplary. His dedication to the police department and his fellow employees is a standard that others should attempt to achieve. He is well respected among his peers and supervisors,” Lt. William Tapley said. “Officer Woods is the type of officer that can be given any type of special assignment with full confidence that it will be handled correctly and in a professional manner.”

Woods is a University of Central Arkansas graduate of 1996 and a native of Stuttgart. 

His family, including his mother, Glen Dean Bryant, and grandmother, Virginia Hobbs, reside in Stuttgart.

“I have received many awards through the years, all-state in high school, all-conference in college. I was part a national championship team and I earned a bachelor’s degree, but I have to say this award is special. It ranks among the highest accomplishments that I have achieved; one of my proudest moments,” Woods said. 

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