Simmons receives PB Arsenal humanitarian award

Pine Bluff native Arthur Simmons, a production worker for the Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Directorate of Chemical and Biological Defense Operations, was presented the Arsenal’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award on Jan. 30.

The Arsenal’s MLK Humanitarian Award is presented every year to a nominated employee for exceptional community service. The award is presented by the Arsenal’s Equal Employment Opportunity office.

Simmons, an Arsenal employee for 29 years, was presented the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in October 2013 for a suggestion that was recently adopted and implemented on an Arsenal production line. He has been an active member and supporter of the Neighborhood Watch Association for more than two years, and was presented the Community Service Award in October 2013, by Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth and the Governor’s Volunteer Excellence Award by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe for serving 100 to 250 hours to the people of Arkansas.

He has been an auxiliary probation officer for the Juvenile Division in Jefferson County for more than four years, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Circuit Judge Earnest E. Brown Jr. to acknowledge his service as a Sixth Division Circuit Court (Juvenile Division) auxiliary probation officer.