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Support pours in as Cleveland police officer fights for his life after two cancer diagnoses

Posted: 8:17 AM, Aug 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-10 08:20:01-04

CLEVELAND — For nearly 20 years, Sgt. Brian Pfeuffer has served and protected people in Cleveland.

Now, the Army National Guard veteran and Cleveland police officer is in the fight for his life — these days, it is difficult for him to even speak without pain.

But he’s still not backing down.

“Just keep fighting, no matter what, don’t lay down and give up,” Pfeuffer said. “Whatever is put in front of you, keep moving forward.”

Sgt. Pfeuffer, 50, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2017. Rigorous treatments cleared the cancer away.

Then, cancer came back. This time, it was tongue cancer. And, it spread.

“That was just shocking. shocking. We never saw it coming,” said Jennifer Pfeuffer, Brian’s wife. “It just spread during the treatment so we had to go on to plan B, and C, and D, so we’re on our last plan right now.”

Sgt. Pfeuffer’s wife and his two young daughters are by his side every step of the way — as are his brothers and sisters in blue at the Cleveland Police Department.

“The past couple of years Sgt. Pfeuffer has been the true definition of a champion and a warrior.  He has been relentless and continues to show great strength by battling his illness on a daily basis.  Your family, friends and Division of Police believe in you and have your back. Keep up the fight Sergeant,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Sgt. Pfeuffer said all of the support is humbling.

And that support is growing.

On Oct. 19, family, friends and community members will participate in the Battle for Brian 6K and 1-mile run. Click here for the Facebook page with more details.

Friends and family have also set up a GoFundMe account to help the Pfeuffer’s with costly medical bills. Jennifer also uses it as an online journal to update folks on Sgt. Pfeuffer’s progress. You can click here for more information.