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Hero Down: Jonesboro PD Officer Vincent Parks Dies After Medical Emergency At Training Academy

North Little Rock, AR – Jonesboro Police Department (JPD) Officer Vincent “Vinnie” Parks died in the line of duty on Sunday after he went into cardiac arrest while participating in a training exercise.

According to the Arkansas State Police (ASP), the 38-year-old officer was participating in training exercises at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at Camp Robinson on the afternoon of July 17 when he began exhibiting signs of “medical distress,” KAIT reported.

Academy instructors called for an ambulance and administered oxygen until medical personnel arrived.

“Parks was able to walk to an ambulance that had been summoned but was stricken by cardiac arrest almost immediately upon entering the ambulance,” the ASP said, according to KAIT.

Officer Parks was pronounced dead after he arrived at the hospital.

His cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner at the Arkansas State Crime Lab, KAIT reported.

Officer Parks joined the JPD on June 13, the JPD said in a press release.

“After completing several weeks of in-house instructional training, he and his fellow recruit classmates began their course work at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy,” the department said.

Arkansas Department of Public Safety Secretary and Commission of Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards and Training Director Jami Cook said Officer Parks died while working towards his goal of helping his community as a public servant, KAIT reported.

“In a day and time where so few are willing step-up to be among those who protect and serve our communities, it seems unjust that a man like Officer Parks, who was prepared to sacrifice for his community, be taken from his calling,” Cook said. “We are saddened and grieve for him, his family, and fellow officers, yet we know his life was not in vain. He answered the call.”

Officer Parks leaves behind his wife, Christina, and his daughter, Vivianna, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, sister, grandmother, and his in-laws.

Officer Parks will be laid to rest on July 22.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jonesboro Police Department Officer Vincent “Vinnie” Parks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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