NEW ORLEANS -- Community and law enforcement members are rallying to help a New Orleans police officer battling cancer.
"A whole lot of things flash before you. What you've done, what you haven't done and what you have to do," said Lt. Reginald Jacque.
This March, he'll mark 26 years with the New Orleans Police Department. But lately he's been forced to spend time away from the job he loves.
"Oct. 26. I'll never forget it. Tuesday, October 26," Jacque said of the day he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Doctors said it had spread to his pancreas, liver and lymph nodes.
Since then, Jacque has been fighting the battle of a lifetime. Medical trips to Texas and cancer treatments take up much of this time.
"He's a great guy. We're good friends. He served the department for 25 years and we wanted to show that love in return," said Sgt. Ernest Luster with NOPD's Eighth District.
On Tuesday night, family, friends and members of the law enforcement community got together at Oceana's Grill in the French Quarter. The special fundraiser organized to help Jacque and his family pay for mounting medical bills.
"This takes a toll on your financially with all the medical bills and all the other things that he has to supplement with treatments and everything," said Luster, who helped organize the event.
As the NOPD veteran is showered with well wishes from friends, Jacque said he is grateful for those who continue to rally by his side.
"It just makes me want to get better. I want to get better so I can be back amongst the family. It's overwhelming that this many people came out," said Lt. Jacque on Tuesday night.
NOPD's Eighth District Police Station will continue to collect donations for Jacque. For more information, contact Sgt. Ernest Luster at (504) 658-6080.