Little Rock, AR - Little Rock Police Sergeant Cedric Roy, age 37, died on Wednesday, September 27, after a short illness.
Sergeant Roy was attending an officer leadership course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in September when he began experiencing hip pain, according to the Little Rock Police Department's Facebook page.
After he was given some tests, he was told he had angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the inner lining of blood vessels. Sergeant Roy was transferred to the UAMS Medical Center, where he remained for two weeks.
He died on September 27, just two weeks before his 39th birthday, and was surrounded by soldiers, police officers, and family members.
Sergeant Roy's wife Heather said, "He just had a personality that I'm going to miss. He was care-free. He was absolutely goofy. He never took anything serious unless he had to, like work-life, but outside of that, everything was up for grabs. He wanted to have fun. He loved to laugh."
He went back to college to finish his degree, then completed requirements for his master's degree, and had just been accepted into a PhD program.
Sergeant Roy served as a police officer in various roles for about 10 years, including as a SWAT Team Sergeant and K9 Officer. He also worked with at-risk kids in the OK Program, where he met Sgt. Willie Davis, who still tells stories of kids who were amazed that he could stand understand a basketball hoop and still dunk.
Heather Roy said that her husband wanted an education for his 10-year-old son, so she has set up a memorial college fund at First Security Bank in his name (the Cedric Roy Memorial Fund).
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Little Rock Police Sergeant Cedric Roy, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.