Amid recent allegations of police brutality, trials of misconduct and departmental cutbacks, it can seem at times like there is little positive news surrounding law enforcement in California.

Readers of PublicCEO know that the vast majority of our law enforcement officials are hardworking and honorable folks; a recent heartwarming story from Humboldt County only proves this to be the case.

Cpl. Rich Schlesiger, a twenty-year law enforcement veteran and father of three, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in January. The community founded a “Schlesiger Fight Club” fund shortly after.

“Rich is a truly decent and good person,” said Ernie Stewart, president of Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization. “He’s worked with the county for nearly 20 years. There’s no rhyme or reason why he’s going through this. It’s lightning striking out of the blue. Him and his family are going through a tough time and we want to help them out in any way we can.”

Funds raised by the community will go towards Schlesiger’s travel to and from his treatments in San Francisco and other costs that won’t be picked up by insurance.

The community’s support never ceases to amaze me,” stated Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn. “We are very fortunate to live in such a giving and sharing place.”

Read the full article at the Eel River Valley News.