STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KFVS) - Officers with the Ste. Genevieve Police Department are working with heavy hearts as one of their own is battling for his life.
Ste. Genevieve Police Chief Eric Bennett describes his department as a family. A family that is coming together to support one of its own.
"Sergeant Pollock made sergeant pretty quickly in his career here," Bennett said. "He's pretty well known in this community here for being pretty straight. You never really have to wonder what he's thinking because he lets you know. A lot of people respect him for that here."
Ryan Pollock, 33, joined the Ste Genevieve police department seven years ago. Recently, some complications after colon cancer surgery are causing him to fight for life right now in St. Louis.
"In a smaller department, you can't just specialize in one thing," Bennett said. "You can't just be a road officer or just be a supervisor. You have to wear all hats in the department and he above all has done that. There's never been a challenge that he hasn't accepted graciously."
So Chief Bennett and his department decided to help their fellow officer. It started within the department and spread through the community.
"A lot of our businesses have stepped up and our putting together some donations," Bennett said. "The fire department has been great."
The money will help with some of the costs for Sergeant Pollack and his family. Sergeant Pollock has little girls and a wife along with an entire department that want him back in his patrol car soon.
An account has been established at First State Community Bank in his name. Donations can be made directly to "T. Ryan Pollock" at any First State Community Bank location or the Ste. Genevieve Police Department.