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  • A Phoenix police officer is on life support after collapsing following a charity....

    Wow, not good. Hope he pulls through and lives to fight another day for his community and family.

    PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer is on life support after collapsing following a charity boxing match at a Phoenix-area casino.

    Officer Barry Scott, 22, lost consciousness after boxing a firefighter during a charity bout at Fort McDowell Casino last Friday evening.

    Scott is in critical condition and fighting for his life, officials said Monday.

    Scott joined Phoenix police in 2007 after an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq. He was assigned to the Maryvale Precinct in west Phoenix.

    Scott was off-duty and participating in one of four weight-class showcases to raise money for the nonprofit 100 Club of Arizona.

    The organization raises money to support the families of officers and firefighters killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

    A referee stopped Scott's bout against a Chandler firefighter during the event titled Guns & Hoses, which a local promoter billed as an exhibition of the toughest firefighters and police officers.

    Sgt. Andy Hill, a Phoenix police spokesman, said Scott is on life support, surrounded by his family and fellow officers who are rallying around Scott's wife and infant child.

    Hill said Scott went into distress and passed out after his fight.

    Len Hayko of FelKO Promotions, who organized the Guns & Hoses event, did not return calls for comment.

    Hayko is an organizer of Bad Boy Boxing amateur competitions at Fort McDowell Casino.

    Friday's event was the casino's first event featuring law-enforcement personnel.

    The 100 Club of Arizona released a statement Monday in support of the Scott family.

    "Officer Scott is a hero," the statement said. "He has defended our country, our city streets and given much to the community. When a young family is faced with tragedy, it is always heartbreaking and gut-wrenching."

    Spectators at the event said Scott's fight went a few rounds before the referee checked the fighters and called it.

    "The refs were very conscious of what was going on," said Chandler Fire Battalion Chief Dan Couch, who attended the event.

    "They all had headgear," Couch said. "They all had gear around their waists. They all had mouthpieces. I didn't see anyone hurt any worse than anyone else."

  • #2
    Talk about self-less service. This brother of ours, not only served his country on the battlefield, and protected his communtiy on the streets, he VOLUNTEERED to enter a competition that benefits an organization near and dear to all of us. Brother Scott, thank you for everything you have done for your fellow citizens, you are the epitome of the word HERO! To the Scott family, all of our thoughts are with you and Barry.

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    • #3
      This blows....... I really wish him well, and hope he is back in action soon....

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      • #4
        He has passed on.....God bless his family......

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        • #5
          I saw on tv just now that he has in fact passed on. Bless him and his family. Please pray.

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          • #6
            Extremely unfortunate incident. My thoughts are with his family. Another brother gone, R.I.P.

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            • #7
              What a tragic accident. Please keep his family in your prayers.

              If you didn't know he is leaving behind a wife and a 5 week old baby.
              Livin' the dream baby!

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              • #8
                RIP Brother.
                "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - Orwell

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                • #9
                  Tragically ironic

                  He will be missed.
                  NRA Life Member

                  The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. - Sir Robert Peel

                  Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. - H. L. Mencken

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                  • #10
                    Tragedy. God Bless his family.
                    While you're reading this, your enemy is training.
                    Speed is fine. Accuracy is final. Only hits counts. You cannot miss fast enough to catch up.

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                    • #11
                      RIP, brother.

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                      • #12
                        Rest in Peace sir.
                        The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed on the streets

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                        • #13
                          Rip Barry...

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                          • #14
                            As sad as it may seem... God has bigger and better plans for this bright young man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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                            • #15
                              I was at the Guns and Hoses boxing tournament that Scott fought in. My friend, who fought in the competition also, told me that apparently Scott went into his match with a concussion that he had sustained from sparring... For some reason, Scott did not tell the ring-side doctor that he had a concussion, and they let him fight - where he received his fatal injuries...

                              I don’t know how PPD is going to handle this... I personally think it should be handled as a line of duty death, given the circumstances of the charity boxing tournament... Scott was married, and his wife had just given birth... My thoughts and prayers are with the Scott Family...
                              "In GOD we trust... All others are run through NCIC."

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