Thin Blue Line: How you can help an officer battling cancer

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Police officers are coming together to help one of their own who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Roanoke Police have organized a Corn Hole Tournament and fundraiser for Sgt. Erik ‘Ed’ Johnson.

Doctors discovered that Johnson had a tumor in his brain; he recently has one surgery and another is being planned.

Lt. Andrew Pulley said RPD officers are doing as much as they can to help Johnson, who will reach his 20 year mark with the force in October.

“When we need help, we ask for it,” said Pulley. “He went to have a scan and that’s when they found the tumor.”

RPD Chief Tim Jones told WFXR News that he’s grateful for generous officers and community members who are willing to help.

“This is a guy who has given so much to this department, this community and his country,” said Jones. “This is just a small way of trying to make this journey he’s going to take a little better.”

The fundraiser will be held from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Roanoke Police Academy at 5401-B Barns Avenue Northwest. 

CLICK HERE for an online fundraiser for the Johnson family.  

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