Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal John Mack Scarberough

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 2, 1998

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Reflections for Corporal John Mack Scarberough

My husband and I passed your memorial as we traveled through Arkansas. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You are remembered today.

Tina L Holtz
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, NY (Ret.)

Bill Makuch

Deputy Tina L. Holtz
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

March 17, 2020

Cpl. Scarberough,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arkansas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 2, 2018

I miss you sir. I’ll never forget riding Malvern city in a black and white with you when I was a young officer. Gods speed my friend.

Brandon Thomason
Rockport Police Chief. RET

Police Chief RET
Rockport PD

April 20, 2018

We're proud of your service to Arkansas. You are never forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

September 4, 2017

The Grand-Daddy of Drug Interdiction.
Awesome trooper, and a master at grilling steaks!!!

I am proud to have worked with him. We had a great post!
Eddie, John, Smiley, Ricky D, Karl & LB, and me.

Sgt. Marty Pollock
Arkansas State Police

September 6, 2016

It was a privilege for me to have been John's post sergeant for many years. He was a outstanding trooper and a very good friend. My best wishes to his family.

Sgt. Bill Maley, retired
Ark. State Police

September 2, 2016

I have happy memories of the steak suppers in Lonoke. Not only could John catch the bad guys, he could grill an awesome steak!

Proud to have served with A-82. Cpl. Scarberough was a game-changer in drug interdiction.

He's gone, and sorely missed.

Sgt. Marty Pollock
Ark. State Police

September 2, 2015

I met Corporal Scarberough when he pulled me over for a random traffic stop on a late Sunday night on 1-40 when I was driving back from Mississippi to Little Rock from visiting my parents on a weekend. Approaching Lonoke , almost home, I was tired and sleepy. He woke me up with his blue lights! We talked for about 30 minutes and then he let me go. He was a "God send" that night and I will never forget his sense of humor and being there at the right time and place for me.
Jo Ann
Little Rock, AR

Friend / acqaintance

April 2, 2015

r.i.p. brother

robert lusk
little rock police dept(retired)

September 3, 2014

Corp. Scarberough was my grandfather and died when I was 3 months old. I didn't know him but according to my dad he loved his job and all of his buddies he worked with on the job. I didn't know him, but I still miss him like crazy everday. He was a great police officer and will always be missed.


January 17, 2013

Very grateful for your nuggets of wisdom offered to some southern Illinois deputy that called you back in 1992. A great man and a great example of the Arkansas State Police. So very grateful a trooper friend is now handling a K-9 named Scar in your honor. Rest in His peace.

Chaplain Jeff Billingsley
Badges that Care United
Oklahoma City OK USA
Survivor 1994; Former Police Officer, Memphis TN

April 21, 2012

I still remember the day, while sitting in class in my Troop School, we heard the terrible news of your sacrifice.
You are not forgotten.

Arkansas State Police

September 10, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eleventh anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I hold your family in thought and prayer today, and pray for solace to their grieving hearts.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2009

God bless your family and friends John. You made a difference.

Lloyd Franklin, Captain Troop E
AR State Police, friend.

September 2, 2009

...the true grandfather of criminal interdiction.

Cpl. M. Pollock
Arkansas State Police

September 2, 2009

God bless you for your service and God bless your family.


January 14, 2009

Your EOW was 10 years ago today. It is obvious you left behind a wonderful
reputation for being one of the best. We still recognize your service.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


September 2, 2008

You have not been forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 2, 2008

I just finished watching a segment on Wildest Police Videos of a drug bust you did. The show was dedicated in your honor. You showed great instinct, professionalism, and honor in how you just knew there were drugs being hidden in the vehicle.

It is obvious you are sorely missed and went above and beyond in your duty to the citizens of Arkansas, likely taking a lot of drugs off the streets. I thank you for your service and honor your memory today sir, Cpl. Scarberough.

Reserve Officer (Ret)
WA State

August 24, 2008

Rest in Peace, Corporal Scarberough. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 31, 2008

I had the pleasure of working with John and I can truly say he was a highly dedicated and motiviated Trooper. He is sorely missed by the Department and all of his friends he left behind.

God bless him and his family,

Sgt. Larry H. Gentry (retired)
Arkansas State Police

December 7, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 18, 2007

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Corporal Scarberough on the anniversary of his passing. May God comfort you all. Heros are never forgotten.

911 Dispatcher

September 2, 2007

RIP Corporal! Thoughts are with your family and your agency.

Officer D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

September 2, 2007

I,Had a great pleasure to work with John in lonoke Co. Ark.In the 1980's,I was a deputy sheriff I worked several accidents,and cases with John.You could always depent on John to back you up.For the one's who knew him,They knew his humor.He was a man of honor.John was great Patrolman and Person.

Charlie Rushing

August 13, 2007

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