A heart-warming show of support for Pepperell Police chief battling cancer

Pepperell Police Chief with Lowell Police Chief Raymond Kelly Richardson at the Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)
Pepperell Police Chief with Lowell Police Chief Raymond Kelly Richardson at the Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday. (Jacob Vitali/Lowell Sun)

PEPPERELL — It was a moving show of support for Police Chief David Scott last Sunday morning.

As Pepperell’s chief continues with colorectal cancer treatment, there is encouraging evidence that his condition may be improving.

“So far, I’ve had three scans and I get scanned after every four treatments They’ve all shown some tumor shrinkage,” Scott said. “We’re just gonna keep going with chemotherapy as long as I can handle the side effects. So far so good.”

Another encouraging sign is Scott’s carcinoembryonic antigen tests. When Scott first started his treatments, he had a CEA level of 750 nanograms per milliliter. Now he is down to 2.2. For a nonsmoking adult, the normal level is often considered under three.

Scott’s revelation came after the annual Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday. Scott’s fundraiser for the walk raised over $45,000 and with the help of fundraisers hosted by other Massachusetts police departments, that number was brought higher.

Hundreds of people walked in support of Scott and the Jimmy Fund on Sunday morning. Walkers included his friends and family, members of the Pepperell community and his fellow police chiefs — some who traveled from as far as Falmouth for the occasion. His diagnosis was on the mind of everyone walking in one way or another, but it didn’t detract from the greater calling.

On Friday, Officer Justin Zink said Scott refused to take any money from Team 14 for personal use. Instead, he wanted the money to go directly to the Jimmy Fund — a cause he’d supported long before his own diagnosis.

Team 14 was created with the intent of supporting Scott through his own fight against stage 4 colorectal cancer. While most of the chiefs chose to dress in uniform, Scott donned the T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

On the back of the shirts is a visual representation of a simple message: check your colon.

From Town Field down Main Street to the covered bridge and back along Tucker Street and Hollis Street, motorcycle cops from varying departments lined the roadways to protect the steady flow of pedestrian traffic.

The youngest walkers were fascinated by the motorcycles and picked up fist bumps from officers as they continued along the route.

After the walk was over, Ayer Police Chief Brian Gill called Scott “a moving force on so many fronts,” especially with his work in the 10-town Northwest Middlesex Community Outreach Initiative Network.

Gill commended Scott for taking his diagnosis public and “bringing the stigma out of it” with his platform in the community.

Scott was clearly taken aback by the show of support he’d received personally and the support that was garnered for the Jimmy Fund.

“It’s overwhelming the amount of support I’ve gotten since, of course, I announced I had cancer back in March. It’s been unbelievable. I’m at a loss for words. Truly overwhelming,” Scott said.

However, Scott is not a man who is asking for much from the community. Instead, he is steadfast in raising awareness about colorectal cancer.

“If you’re 45 or older, talk to your doctor about getting a colonoscopy and getting checked out,” Scott said.