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Community rallies behind Marana police officer

TUCSON- Dozens of riders took to the streets of Tucson on Saturday to raise money for a Marana Police Detective who is battling brain cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

“it’s been hard you know. This is my best friend, my partner,” Det. James Jolly with Marana Police said.

“It’s been difficult to go to work and not see him at his desk.”

The Hearts on Wheels charity ride helped raise $8,000 for Detective Torres and his family.

“You don’t normally see this kind of support all at once like this and it’s been overwhelming,” Jolly said.

Torres has made it his life’s work to fight crime, now he is fighting cancer.

“In early February he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.He’s been in the hospital ever since…All these motorcyclists here through the kindness of their hearts came out here to support Mike,”Reuben Nunez Deputy Chief for Town of Marana said,”100 percent of the proceeds here go to support Mike and his wife Meredith whose also a police detective for the Tucson Police Department.”

In sharing his story,his friends say he wants to spread the message of getting checked.

“Mike really wants people to know that don’t dismiss things that are going on with your body,”Jolly said.

For this community it’s about rallying behind the man that kept them safe.

“Keep fighting man we love you. We miss you,” We know you’re going to get through this. We know that soon you’re going to have your badge…And we’re going to be out there arresting bad guys again,”Jolly said.

If you’d like to donate to the Torres family click here and mark the donation as “Fund the Fedora.”

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