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Officer’s body returns home after tragic death

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Jonesboro, Arkansas – After Vincent Parks tragically died Sunday during a training session in Little Rock, his body was brought home by an escort.

In order to pay their respects as Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott called the situation tragic, during the drive, many other branches of law enforcement stopped on overpasses and side streets.

“For our department, it’s a loss, for the community it’s a loss,” said Elliott. “You know we had a man that was dedicated and would’ve been a fine officer.”

Elliott is not the only one who morning the loss of the patrolman. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver said this kind of loss affects the entire city. “As what I can relish for the citizens of our community is to support the family,” said Copenhaver. “We need to continue to do what we always do and rise up on these occasions.”

According to Chief Elliott, since he became chief this has been the second time an officer has passed away and it just gets harder every time. “As a chief that’s about the worst call you can get,” said Elliott. “It’s gut-wrenching it’s hard on you and since I’ve been chief this is the second time; I have had to answer that phone.”

About a month ago, the 38-year-old joined the force, so he didn’t have a uniform yet, but JPD is going to order one to say goodbye to one of their brothers.

For those wanting to pay their respects, the visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022, at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro with his funeral to follow.

Governor Asa Hutchinson ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff from Tuesday, July 19, until July 22 to honor Officer Vincent Parks.

 

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