Soaring Wings Ranch (SWR) welcomed Arkansas State Trooper William B. Lann to its Board of Directors in April.
“From a law enforcement side, I see children taken out of homes regularly. It is very uplifting to see the environment and love that these children are given at the ranch,” Lann said.
In December of 2015, he approached SWR Executive Director Andrew Watson about bringing a couple of troopers to the ranch to give the children some “Trooper Teddy Bears.” Lann, along with Sgt. Coty Williams and Sgt. Matt Toon, visited SWR before Christmas. They spoke with the children and were even challenged to a game of pingpong. After meeting with Watson several times during the following months, Lann accepted Watson’s invitation to join the Board of Directors.
Lann felt called into law enforcement while growing up in Magnolia, Arkansas, and he followed his calling just three years after graduating high school in 2002. He completed Troop School in 2006 and took his place with the Pulaski County Midnight Shift in Troop A.
Shortly after marrying his high school sweetheart, Abby, Lann accepted Christ’s gift of salvation and was baptized at Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock. He and his wife now attend Central Baptist Church in Conway.
Currently serving as Highway Patrol Sergeant for Lonoke and Faulkner Counties, Lann has received two Official Commendations by the director of Arkansas State Police and was named Trooper of the Year in 2012 by the American Legion after apprehending a kidnapping suspect from Tennessee. The arrest followed a high-speed chase after which Lann returned the two children who were inside the vehicle during the chase safely to their mother.
In addition to his highway patrol assignment, Lann is the lead instructor for the ASP Pursuit Driving Program and the team leader for the ASP Emergency Response Team. He is the former president of the Arkansas State Police Association, a non-profit supporting worthy causes, and is currently the Vice President of Public Relations and editor of Arkansas Trooper Magazine.
A graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University, Lann has countless hours of law enforcement and administration training.
“While I take my job with the State Police seriously, I also take my job as a husband and father seriously,” he said. He has been married to Abby, a registered nurse, for eight years, and they have a 2-year-old son.
Their family is active in Central Baptist Church, where Abby sings in the choir and Lann plays guitar during worship.