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Community shows up to support police officer’s family in cancer fight

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By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

The unspoken brotherhood among law enforcement showed up today as it hosted a fundraiser for a Bossier City Police officer’s family who is battling cancer.

Officer George Fanning’s son has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Baton Rouge.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39 and Local Union 645 hosted a hamburger cookout outside the Bossier Police and Fire Complex on Benton Road Friday afternoon to provide support for the family in this difficult time.

As a mother of a child who had cancer, Suzanne Lester, who works at the tax department for the city of Bossier, knows what the Fanning family is going through. Showing her support for a fellow Bossier employee and his family, Lester made it a point to attend today’s event and donate to a family who will need support.

“Bossier City has an amazing bond with their fellow employees and with our fellow coworkers. It’s just a wonderful thing to do for someone in need. I’ve been there with my son who had cancer. I wish I had the support like this. It’s amazing,” said Lester.

The line to buy a hamburger plate, that proceeds went towards a BCPD officer’s son battling cancer, was long Friday afternoon.

Donations were accepted for hamburger plates. The funds that are raised from the burger cookout will go towards medical bills in hopes to offset expenses for the family.

Law enforcement from afar as Red River Parish showed up for support. Lt. Hensley with the Red River Parish Sheriffs Office came out to show his support, knowing that the cost for officer Fanning’s son will be a great deal of money.

“I’m here to help support a fellow law enforcement officer and the troubles that his family will have with his son’s medical bills. We always try to support all of our law enforcement as well as citizens in the community,” said Hensley.

Local Bossier Parish business, Dance Loud Academy, produced a Facebook event notifying and inviting their clients and their clients’ friends and family about the fundraiser.

That event was shared by many residents, which led to an outpour of support and words of encouragement.

One comment made on the event Facebook for the fundraiser underlined how much the Fanning family is loved by the community.

“Was very nice to meet you Mr. George Fanning you have a wonderful son and my prayers are with him and your family it was a wonderful turnout and I am very blessed that I could help will keep you and family in my prayers.” said Sherry House Taylor.