Memphis police officers are digging into their pockets to help one of their own and they are asking the community to join in the effort.
Officer Michael Bremner, a 15-year veteran of the police force, is fighting stage IV cancer. He has also run out of his city-used sick time. Disability pay only pays a few hundred dollars a month.
"We're just trying to come together as fellow officers, fellow citizens, to try to assist him and his family in their time of need," said Officer Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association and a former partner of Bremner.
Officer Bremner, a husband and father to four daughters, is too sick to conduct interviews.
His fellow officers are donating money to help cover the bills, insurance premiums, and hospital bills.
So far the donations have kept the Bremner family up to date on the bills.
"You have four daughters, a wife, a house, car notes, and then you can imagine the medical bills that are coming in," Officer Williams said.
The city of Memphis is considering starting a sick time bank, so officers in need can use coworkers sick time. But the proposal is still in the discussion phase.
Until then the Memphis Police Department will step up, and asks the community to help as well.
"This is an officer that gave 15 years of his life to fighting crime in some of the most horrible areas of the city," Officer Williams said. "He's one of those guys who put his body out there, have it his all."
If you want to donate, you are asked to go to any Regions Bank branch and donate to the Michael Bremner Fund. The money collected will go directly to helping Officer Bremner.