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Former Phoenix Police Lt. Sparks dies of cancer

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Former Phoenix Police Lt. Bob Sparks. (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Former Phoenix Police Lt. Bob Sparks. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A former Phoenix police lieutenant and reserve police officer has died from pancreatic cancer, according to department officials.

Robert "Bob" Sparks worked as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant and motor sergeant before being promoted to lieutenant in 1997 during his 32 years of service.

Sparks was hired in 1976 and retired Jan. 30, 2009. He was in the Mountain View Precinct from the time of his promotion until retirement.

Sparks then became a reserve officer assigned to the robbery unit.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several months ago.

Phoenix police were joined by members of the Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Mesa Police Department, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and other entities in a tribute motorcade that passed by his home on Tuesday.

A YouTube video courtesy of Jack Locarni, shows Sparks, who was assisted by his family and in uniform, saluting the passing members of the motorcade.

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