Sheriff battling stage 4 lung cancer

Sheriff battling stage 4 lung cancer
Izard Co. Sheriff Earnie Blackley announced on social media that he is receiving treatment at UAMS for stage 4 lung cancer. (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - As sheriff of Izard County, Earnie Blackley is used to fighting crime.

Now, he’s battling an even fiercer nemesis.

Blackley announced on social media Thursday that he is receiving treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for stage 4 lung cancer.

“There are a lot of rumors out. Some good, some bad,” he said in the announcement. “Need all the prayers we can get.”

Sheriff Blackley said he would begin the first round of treatments, which should last 5-7 days.

“We will rest for a time and come back and get 5 more,” he said. “Keep a praying.”

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