Cincinnati Police hold benefit for fellow officer with cancer

Cincinnati Police hold benefit for fellow officer with cancer

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - It's not unusual for area law enforcement to hold benefits to give back to the community, but on Saturday they raised funds for one of their own who is battling cancer.

There's no doubt that the law enforcement community is tight knit. When one of them hurts, they all hurt and Sheriff's Captain Rick Neville says they're surrounding one of their hurting officers with love and support.

Cincinnati Police Officer Stephanie Bradford was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her appendix in 2010. The cancer has spread in her body and is now in stage four.

Neville says when word got out that Stephanie, a 25-year veteran of the department, was diagnosed with cancer, everyone who wears a badge wanted to help. Stephanie's brother, Eric Bradford, says it's the kind of thing that means a lot their family.

"It's really incredible, you know, I kind of didn't know what to expect and this has just been more than we could possibly imagine."

The mother of two says she was nearly in tears from the outpouring of support.

"I'm amazed, I'm overwhelmed. It's amazing how many people have come out, how generous they are the support we have," Stephanie said at the event, which was held at the Woodlands Reception Hall in Whitewater Township.

Kim Bemmes says Stephanie's fellow officers are more than happy to help.

"Stephanie is a great fellow co-worker. I've been on 21 years and I couldn't ask for somebody better to work with."

Stephanie says she feels a little strange being on the receiving end of all this love and support, but her fellow officers say she's given so much it's time she got a little in return.

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