Jonesboro Police Officer Succumbs to Cancer This Morning

JUNE 18, 2004 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT, updated at 10:43 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - A former Jonesboro police officer who was recently forced to resign from the police department due to serious illness lost his battle with cancer this morning.

A source tells K8 News that 37-year-old Scot Akers died at his home at approximately 6 a.m.

Akers began his law enforcement career with the Jonesboro Police Department in March of 1997.  The Kennett, Missouri native was a third shift patrol officer.  He was diagnosed with cancer only three weeks ago.

At least two fundraisers that were planned for Akers in the next week are still scheduled at this time, in order to help his family with medical and funeral expenses.

The Jonesboro Board of Realtors will sponsor a tour of homes from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).  Admission for the 12-home tour will be a $5 donation to the Scot Akers Fund.  A bake sale will also be held at some of the homes.

Meanwhile, the JPD will sponsor a fish fry next Thursday (June 24) at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds.

The JPD has also established an account for the Akers family at Heritage Bank of Jonesboro.  Donations and checks should be made payable to the Scot Akers Fund.  Donations may also be made to the police department in care of Mary Oliver.

Scott Akers is survived by a wife and two daughters.