Police department, city attorney’s office join detective’s fight against cancer

Dets. Jeff Tobin and John pose at a luncheon last Friday.

Dets. Jeff Tobin and John pose at a luncheon last Friday.

Anaheim’s police department and city attorney office have raised several thousands of dollars over the last month for a detective recently diagnosed with stage four cancer in the brain stem.

Det. Jeff Tobin, who works financial crimes, was diagnosed in December of last year.

“He’s an incredible worker and has been irreplaceable wherever he’s worked,” said Det. Matt Bradley.  “He and his wife (LoriAnn) are two of the strongest people I’ve ever met.  It’s tough to see them go through this but if anyone can stand up to cancer, it’s them.”

Tobin has served on the unit for 12 years and was a prosecuting attorney in the city attorney’s office for 15 years.

Detectives and attorneys have donated vacation hours and money to Tobin and, last Friday, held a luncheon that brought in nearly $2,500.

One police colleague – who asked to remain anonymous – made a donation while he fights cancer himself.  He could not give vacation hours as he uses those to recover; but instead gave money.

Det. John Azze helped organize the luncheon and has worked more than a decade alongside Tobin.

“We wanted to make sure we are doing all we possibly can to support Jeff,” he said.  “He’s been a top notch professional everywhere he’s worked but more importantly he’s been an outstanding person – someone we’ve all looked up to.”

On Feb. 10, APD and Anaheim Fire and Rescue’s amateur hockey team, the “So Cal Leafs,” will take on “Patriots Hockey,” a team comprised of military personnel in a game dubbed “The Fight On Tobinator Classic.”  Tickets are on sale for five dollars each and the game will take place at 7 pm at Anaheim Ice on 300 W Lincoln Ave.

Donations can be mailed to the Anaheim Police Assocation at 508 N Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA, 92805.  Anyone who would like to make a donation or attend the hockey game can contact Det. Azze at jazze@anaheim.net.

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