Pulaski County, AR – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Sergeant Bryant Starks died in his sleep hours after celebrating his 50th birthday on Oct. 30.
Prior to his long career as a law enforcement officer, Sgt. Starks served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the PCSO said in a Facebook post on Nov. 1.
“While in the Marine Corps he received the National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4th Award), Southwest Asia service medal (W/2 Bronze Stars), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Meritorious Unit commendation, Navy Commendation and the Good Conduct medal,” the department noted.
Sgt. Starks joined the PCSO in 1994, and was initially assigned to the county’s detention center.
He began serving with the enforcement branch in 1998 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2010.
“[Sgt. Starks] had worked in several areas of the Sheriff’s Office over the years, Patrol, Warrants and his last assignment in the Judicial Division located in the Circuit Courthouse downtown,” the PCSO said. “He was also a former member of the SWAT team and Honor Guard.”
In his off-time, the Little Rock native enjoyed refereeing for various youth sports activities, according to his obituary.
“Bryant Starks was a good man. He had a true service heart,” PCSO Major Simon Haynes wrote in a memorial tribute. “He served his country, he served his community, and he served his family. He served them all with honor and integrity. He has left a large foot print on this earth and I will miss him. My prayers go out to his family.”
Little Rock resident Synnova Inscore said that Sgt. Starks had a “pure heart and [an] infectious smile.”
“He was the epitome of integrity. His heart holds a smile and true love that can never be extinguished. He will never be forgotten,” Inscore wrote. “I only pray I may someday live up to his standards as I follow the example he has set forth.”
Sgt. Starks leaves behind his wife, Erlinda, as well as his children, Kalani, Kai, Marah, Kaleigh, Evelyn, Maryann, and Keanu, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, siblings, five grandchildren, and many friends and fellow law enforcement officers.
A fundraising campaign established to assist his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $5,000.
“Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time,” the PCSO said. “May his memory be a blessing.”
Sgt. Starks will be laid to rest on Thursday, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bryant Starks, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.