Heartbreak as Jonesboro police patrolman Vincent Parks dies after suffering cardiac arrest

Heartbreak as Jonesboro police patrolman Vincent Parks dies after suffering cardiac arrest. Image: Twitter @NLRPD

TRIBUTES have poured in for Jonesboro police patrolman Vincent Parks following news that he died from a cardiac arrest he suffered “during training exercises.”

Fellow US law enforcement agencies have paid tribute to Vincent Parks of the Jonesboro Police Department who died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday, July 17.

Having only worked at the department for 32 days, Parks died “during training exercises” at the Central Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

Arkansas State Police said that “Parks was able to walk to an ambulance that had been summoned but was stricken by cardiac arrest almost immediately upon entering the ambulance.” He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Jami Cook, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and director of the Commission of Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards and Training said: “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.

“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.”

Tributes flooded social media after the news of Parks’ death.

Conway Police Department wrote on Twitter: “CPD would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends, and colleagues of Patrolman Vincent Parks of the @TheJonesboroPD. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this grieving period. #restinpeace #gonebutnotforgotten.”

Little Rock PD said: “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of Officer Vincent Parks and the Jonesboro Police Department.”

“The North Little Rock Police Department would like to send our deepest condolences & prayers to the family, friends, & the Jonesboro Police Department on the loss of Officer Vincent Parks. Please continue to pray for them during this difficult time. #GoneButNotForgotten,” wrote North Little Rock Police Department.

Leslie Rutledge wrote: “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Jonesboro Police Department Patrolman Vincent Parks. Every day our men & women in blue protect & serve the people of this state, no matter the cost. I am eternally grateful for their sacrifice.”

On Facebook, the Jonesboro Police Department restricted their account but people still paid tribute to the patrolman.

“Too young … Too soon! Blessings and Peace to the Jonesboro PD family, as well Patrolman Parks family,” one person said.

Another shared a video of a procession carrying the body of fallen Jonesboro Police Department Officer Vincent Parks.

It shows the convoy entering the city of Jonesboro. He was being escorted to Emerson Funeral home after dying during training yesterday.


Local media reports that Officer Parks’ funeral will be on Friday, July 22 at Central Baptist Church. He will be buried at the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The news of patrolman Parks’ cardiac arrest follows the heartbreaking news of two youngsters that suffered the same fate this month.

On Saturday, July 9, an 11-year-old girl died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a beach in Pléneuf-Val-André, France.

The tragic incident happened at around 4.30 pm while beach users of Val-André enjoyed the first Saturday of the summer holidays in France.

The young girl collapsed in the water and immediately went into cardiorespiratory arrest. It was the 11-year-old’s father who pulled her out of the water.

Then on Sunday, July 17, a 6-year-old boy had to be placed in a coma after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending an amusement park in Pisa, Italy.

The tragic incident happened at around 5 pm when the 6-year-old reportedly fell unconscious by the side of the pool.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, staff at the facility were performing CPR and had used the facility’s defibrillator in order to try to save the young boy’s life.

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Matthew Roscoe

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