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* Martinez Police Mourning Loss of Sergeant Who Lost Battle With Cancer

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Martinez police are mourning the loss of a sergeant who lost a battle with cancer last week. Sgt. Brian Carter, 37, died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on June 22 and a public visitation will be held this afternoon, police said. Carter, who served for the Martinez Police Department for more than a decade, was a SWAT team leader and led community outreach events including a “Be the Match” bone marrow registry.

A bone marrow drive held in his honor resulted in more than 500 people added to the registry, police said. Carter was a loving husband, father, son and friend, police Chief Gary D. Peterson said. “Brian made the difficult jobs of police officer and sergeant look easy, and as Chief of Police, I am proud to have had Brian in our police family,” Peterson said in a statement. This afternoon’s public visitation will be held at 3 p.m. at Connolly and Taylor at 4000 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez.

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