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Porter County police fundraise for officer diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia
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Porter County police fundraise for officer diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia

PORTER COUNTY — After an officer was suddenly diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, the Porter County Sheriff's staff have rallied together to gather support. 

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Porter County Sheriff's Office has launched a campaign to aid Officer Chris Vanderpool and his family during a challenging time. 

"Unfortunately, I am writing you with a heavy heart," Porter County Sheriff's Cpl. Ben McFalls said in a news release. "One of our very best has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Officer Christopher Vanderpool was hired in 2018 and was one of the first new hires I had the pleasure of training. It was clear from the start, Officer Vanderpool had a heart for his community and wanted to serve. He quickly became well known at our office for his hard work and integrity."

McFalls said he recently became a field training officer, a role he has excelled in.

Vanderpool was on vacation in Michigan when he started not feeling well, which led him to seeing a doctor on Nov. 16, said Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds. 

He was initially diagnosed with mononucleosis, however because he felt something still didn't feel right, he went back for a doctor's visit.

It was then discovered that his white blood cell count was extremely high and after more testing, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

The disease is a rapid progression of cancer in the blood and bone marrow. 

Vanderpool is in a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio to undergo treatment for the upcoming eight weeks with the support of his loved ones.

The Porter County Sheriff's Office launched a campaign to help Vanderpool and his family with lodging, gas and food.

The agency aims to raise $10,000 for the officer and family during their challenging times. 

Anyone who wishes to make a contribution is asked to send checks payable to Michelle Bosstel and send them to the Porter County Sheriff's Office at 2755 Indiana 49 in Valparaiso.

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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