Boone County rallies around retired detective recently diagnosed with ALS


By Maria Cook

In December 2018, after a 19-year career with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Det. Sam Scott was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive, fatal neurological disease. 

Scott  retired May 10. But according to a recent press release, he and his family have vowed to “stay in the fight” when it comes to participating in studies and raising funds for ALS research. The Boone County community also has stepped up to help, with raising funds for ALS research and raising money for the Scott family.

“Myself, Rachel and the entire Scott Family are a team,” Scott stated. “Our team moto is ‘Stay in the Fight.’ We will deal with this monster called ALS.  We will continue to research, study and fight … A cure may not be in my lifetime, but if I can contribute to a cure in the future for this terrible disease, that is what I will do.”

Scott is donating blood for ALS research and participating in a clinical trial for future ALS medication. On June 15, Warthogs Motorcycle Club conducted a fundraiser for the Scott family in Lebanon. On June 19, El Mason Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon donated 10 percent of its sales to the Scott family. 

According to Sgt. Chris Burcham of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the Boone County community has been eager to do all it can for the Scott family. More fundraisers are expected in the coming months. 

“There’s been emails and calls and cards and just a response from the public to help in any way they can,” Burcham said.  

Those wishing to help the Scott family can make a donation to the family’s GoFundMe by visiting The public also is invited to sign up at to walk with the “Stay in the Fight” team at the Sept. 21 Indianapolis Walk for ALS at White River State Park. Those wishing to buy a bracelet which reads “Stay in the Fight” may do so by contacting Scott’s daughter-in-law, Sgt. Steffanie Scott, at The bracelets also will be available at upcoming fundraisers. 

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