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Terminally ill Harrison officer honored for 30 years of service

Harrison Police Officer Marvin Gambill at work last month. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker Harrison Police Officer Marvin Gambill at work last month. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker
Marvin Gambill riding a horse at his property in southeastern Indiana Nov. 5. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Marvin Gambill riding a horse at his property in southeastern Indiana Nov. 5. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
Marvin Gambill on Nov. 5 (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Marvin Gambill on Nov. 5 (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
Marvin Gambill feeding one of his horses. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Marvin Gambill feeding one of his horses. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
HARRISON, OH (FOX19) -

Harrison City Council honored retired Police Officer Marvin Gambill at Tuesday night’s meeting.

He received a plaque and three standing ovations from City Council, the mayor, his fellow officers and all of those in attendance.

Gambill, 56, served the community he loved for nearly three decades before a Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis cut his law enforcement career short.

“Serving the people of Harrison has been the greatest honor of my life,” Gambill said. “I can't tell you how, how heartfelt I mean that.”

After his diagnosis in early September, Gambill tried to keep working as long as he could. He wanted to make it until at least his 30th year anniversary with the department, which would have been Monday.

But he retired in early October because he didn't want his health limitations to pose a danger to his fellow officers.

Since then, he has undergone nearly weekly rounds of chemotherapy and is set to begin another.

But first, he is scheduled to go in for a scan Wednesday to get an update on how his treatments are impacting his cancer.

“The blood markers are trending down, which is indicative of maybe the tumor shrinking and hopefully the scan will show that,” Gambill said.

“Anytime somebody gets a cancer diagnosis it's devastating but it's also humbling... but the more humbling thing is the amount of support that the city and all the officers and all the people have given to me."

This weekend, a benefit will be held for Gambill and two deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office who also are battling serious forms of cancer.

"Benefit for Blue Against Cancer" is scheduled for The Woodlands in Cleves.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. followed by bagpipes performance at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 each for admission, food, draft beer or soda.

There also will be live music from Sullivan Janszen Band, Bid n' Buy, Split the Pot, Barrel of Cheer and a Silent Auction.

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