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New police recruit is a cancer survivor

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In February of 2013,13 ABC was there when Private First Class Andrew Pennington was reunited with his family.

The Oregon native had been serving in Afghanistan and was able to hold his son for the first time.'

Once he was settled at home Andrew set his sights on joining the Toledo Police Department.

It was a dream that ended up saving his life.

During routine screenings Andrew found out he had stage 4 cancer. He tells 13 ABC,

"I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma ... it was the final stage for that type of cancer and it was behind my left lung and it was in my spine."

" I never even saw any signs or symptoms of something being wrong it was really a blessing how we found out about it...part of the process in being accepted was getting a physical."

Instead of quitting the police academy, Andrew decided to press through the pain of chemo and complete 26 weeks of grueling training. He tells 13 ABC, "Since I was a little boy I wanted to be a police officer,

I didn't want something like an illness or something you can't control ...that happens which is just a part of life to stop me from doing something that I really wanted."

Next week Andrew will have his final chemo treatment and his prognosis is good. He tells 13 ABC,

"It took some prayers...I prayed and the lord has been with me every step of the way."

Andrew will be one of 68 new TPD recruits graduating tomorrow.

Its been quite a journey.

from soldier, to cancer survivor, to the man in blue--- ready to protect and serve.

 

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