John Timoney, who spent seven years as the top cop in the city of Miami, is currently in the hospital battling what has been diagnosed as stage 4 lung cancer.
The 68-year-old told NewsWorks.org that his voice is completely gone when the site requested an interview.
Timoney started his law enforcement career with the New York Police Department, where he spent 29 years and rose to the rank of First Deputy Commissioner. After spending four years as the Commissioner for the Philadelphia Police Department, Timoney spent a year in private security before being named the chief of the Miami Police Department.
During his time in South Florida, Timoney received praise at the start of his tenure for a reduction in the murder rate and the number of police involved shootings. There would be some controversy, including the use of force by officers during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit and his use of a luxury SUV without cost from a local dealership.
Timoney has spent the past six years working as a consultant for both the country of Bahrain and the Camden County, NJ Police Department.