NEW PORT RICHEY — Police Chief Kim Bogart has received the best possible news for the holidays: he's cancer free.
Bogart, 61, went into surgery for appendicitis on Nov. 1 and a pathology report later revealed he had cancerous cells on his appendix. He underwent another surgery and more cancer was removed. He said is now free of the disease.
"It was the best Christmas present I could have gotten, finding out I don't have cancer," Bogart said in a phone interview from his hospital bed.
He was hospitalized again Tuesday to undergo surgery to treat a complication he suffered from the previous surgery. But, he said, it's not going to keep him down long.
The chief said he plans to be back at the department in a few days.
"I don't like to sit around much," he said.