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Hero Down: North Little Rock Police Officer First Class Larry Mickel Succumbs To Cancer

North Little Rock, AR – North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) Officer First Class Larry Mickel died on April 7 after a five-year battle against cancer.

The 65-year-old officer passed away at home, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.

Officer Mickel devoted 41 years of his life to his law enforcement career.

The NLRPD confirmed the longtime officer’s death in a Facebook post later the same day.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that one of our own, Officer First Class Larry Mickel, has passed away after a long battle with cancer,” the post read. “Officer Mickel began his service to the citizens of North Little Rock in October of 1980. His watch has now ended after 41 years of dedicated service.”

“Please join us in praying for his family, both blood and blue, during this difficult time,” the police department said.

Officer Mickel served as a patrol officer from 1980 until 2001, when he joined the department’s Motorcycle Unit, according to his obituary.

He transferred to the Fleet Management department in 2017, where he remained until his death.

“His love for the North Little Rock Police department ran so deep that he planned to continue to work in the Fleet Management department as a civilian after retirement,” according to his obituary.

“Larry loved his family, family always came first. He loved family dinners, going camping and most of all motorcycles!” the tribute read. “He touched many lives throughout his life both personally and professionally and will live in our hearts forever.”

Officer Mickel leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Suzanne, as well as his five daughters, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his mother, siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Officer Mickel was laid to rest on April 13.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of North Little Rock Police Department Officer First Class Larry Mickel, 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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