Wednesday , May 29 2024

Officers Shave Heads To Support Fellow Detective

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Fresno Police officers presenting a united front Wednesday, this time against cancer.<br /><br /> Hundreds gathered at the police department, many of them shaving their heads to support one of their own, Detective Edgar Valle Sandoval.<br /><br /> Ten year old Sophia valle is wearing her superman shirt.<br /><br /> &quot;Because my dad is a hero,&quot; Sophia&nbsp; said.<br /><br /> Sophia is supporting her dad, Detective Edgar Valle Sandoval, who was diagnosed with Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer back in January.<br /><br /> &quot;I couldn’t believe it cause what I said, it’s not our first rodeo, and we didnt expect it to really come,&quot; Sophia said.<br /><br /> The Valle family is no stranger to cancer. Five years ago, a brain tumor took Edgar’s seven year old daughter, Natalia.<br /><br /> &quot;She set the example for me. She never complained. We’re fighters. That’s what we do,&quot; Edgar said.<br /><br /> But they’re not alone in the fight.<br /><br /> &quot;When you come here and you see all of this that is happening around me. That’s where my true strength lies,&quot; Edgar said.<br /><br /> Hundreds of Fresno Police Officers gathering to support the Valle family, more than 70 of them showing solidarity through a pair of clippers.<br /><br /> &quot;It’s not surprising, but it does represent how much people care about Edgar and loved Edgar and his family,&quot; Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.<br /><br /> &quot;I think it’s symbolic. It’s something that when someone sees you, they automatically know what it represents,&quot; Officer Richard Fitzgerald said.<br /><br /> Symbolism that went to all lengths.<br /><br /> &quot;What better way to show that we’re behind them than to do something this meaningful,&quot; Provisional Sargeant Diana Trueba said.<br /><br /> Trueba not only shaved her head, but she is donating her hair in memory of Edgar’s daughter.<br /><br /> &quot;He came up to me and he said that these are the types of things that give him strength to continue fighting,&quot; Trueba said.<br /><br /> And continue fighting is exactly what Edgar plans to do.<br /><br /> &quot;That’s the least that I can do to say thank you to everybody that is helping me,&quot; Edgar said.<br /><br /> Edgar just finished radiation. He’s waiting for doctor to give him the go ahead to start chemotherapy.<br /><br /> Officers say while they were raising money at this event, it was more about showing support.<br /><br /> They say they plan to have bigger fundraiser for Edgar sometime next month. But in the meantime, there is a GoFundMe account set up supporting Edgar, click here to donate: <u><font color="#0000c0" size="2"><font color="#0000c0" size="2"></font></font></u><br /></div>

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