Retired assistant chief succumbs to cancerScott Campbell was the kind of police officer who showed respect to everyone he met.
Scott Campbell was the kind of police officer who showed respect to everyone he met.
So when he was diagnosed with a virulent secondary cancer growing in his lungs, five years after he beat cancer the first time, many in the community were asking how they could help, said longtime friend Julie Nelson, owner of Trends Salon.
“You can only send so much food to the house,” Nelson said.
Friday, friends gathered at Campbell’s home to frame a deck to make the descent from his split level home a little easier.
“If it were somebody else, it would Scott would be doing something,” said McDonough, who worked with Scott on the police department from 1979 to 1998.
Friday, McDonough and friend Kevin Mikel worked in the rain to frame a lower deck that will allow Campbell to rest midway down the stairs, an effort that drew more friends throughout the day.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Scott Campbell said Friday. “The network friendships you acquire over the years. This was such a shock … These some very good friends.”
He said he urged them not to do it, but his wife of 27 years, Sue Campbell said the stairs on their second story deck were difficult for Scott to navigate.
“He just needs a break from the top to the bottom of the stairs,” McDonough said.
“We can’t do anything else for him,” Mikel said.
But Saturday, as they finished their work, they were mourning the loss of a friend.
Scott died Saturday morning, said Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters.
He said funeral arrangements for his former assistant chief hadn’t been made yet.