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Cancer claims the lives of two Cincinnati police specialists on the same day

Stephanie Bradford (left) and Robert McGuire (right) passed away Thursday (Photos provided) Stephanie Bradford (left) and Robert McGuire (right) passed away Thursday (Photos provided)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cancer claimed the lives of two esteemed Cincinnati police specialists on the same day this week.

Stephanie Bradford and Robert McGuire, both 50, passed away Thursday, Chief Jeffrey Blackwell announced.

Bradford succumbed under hospice care at home to appendix cancer , and McGuire died in hospice care from lung cancer after beating colon cancer.

Bradford, a veteran law enforcement officer who joined the agency as a recruit in 1989, was renowned with her partner Specialist Paul Meyer for a string of bank robbery arrests in the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society. 

She worked in nearly all five of the police department's districts; her final assignment was in District 5's investigative unit.

The Fairfield High School and Miami University graduate endured two surgeries and two rounds of chemotherapy after her 2012 cancer diagnosis. 

She kept working as her condition deteriorated, even clocking in extra hours to provide for her family and to pay off her medical bills. Benefits also were held to financially assist her and her family.

"Stephanie is a longtime single mother of two and throughout her ordeal her only concern was for her children," said retired Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Kramer, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum. "While being wracked with chemo and radiation treatments, losing weight and strength, she would still come into work full or half days and during her 'better' weeks, sign up for off-duty and overtime details in order to prepare for her children's futures."

Visitation will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Spring Grove Cemetery in the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel, 4389 Spring Grove Ave. The Fraternal Order of Police services will follow at 7:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday in the Cedars of Lebanon Chapel.

McGuire fiercely battled two forms of cancer. 

The District 3 officer who graduated from Taylor High School joined the department in 2003 following a career as a machinist. He successfully beat colon cancer after a 2010 diagnosis and was working as a relief leader recommended for an investigative or supervisory career track when doctors discovered cancer in his lungs in 2012. 

He died a couple weeks before his 51st birthday. 

Visitation will be 3 p.m. Monday for McGuire at the Friendship Baptist Church, 8580 Cheviot Rd., The Fraternal Order of Police service will follow at 8 p.m.  

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Friendship Baptist Church.

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