East Stroudsburg, Monroe County – A police officer who dedicated his life to helping others, needs some help of his own. Stroud Area Regional Police Officer Ruben Torres is battling an aggressive cancer while trying to support his wife and 11 children. Officer Torres needs $30,000 to get into a specialized treatment program.
Eyewitness News featured the Torres family in a November 2010 story. It showed Ruben happily sitting with his wife, Joann, and playing with their 11 children. The couple explained how they adopted five kids, including four who have Down Syndrome. Ruben said, "We just feel privileged that we can be a part of their lives and give them a foundation."
Now Ruben is struggling against an aggressive cancer that started in one kidney, spread into his lymph nodes, and attached to his aorta. "It was quite a shock,” said Stroud Area Regional Police Chief William Parrish. Police Lieutenant Jennifer Lyon added, "It has hit the department hard."
Ruben’s co-workers are supporting a gofundme.com campaign to get him specialized treatment."His entire life Ruben has helped other people. He believes in his family. He believes in his church. He believes in his community and I think it's time that we believe in him,” said Lyon.
Chief Parrish said Ruben has been in the force nearly 25 years and is an excellent officer. He helped start the motorcycle patrol and worked in accident reconstruction. He noted, "He's very good at putting things to paper, creating reports, analyzing a situation, and putting it to paper."
While Ruben is known as a very good cop, he is better known as a very good person. Lyon explained, "He's a caring person. He's the kind of person that stops and helps the old lady across the street. He's the kind of person that helps the child get their cat out of the tree."
Friends hope the community will help the man who has dedicated so much of his life to helping others."We always think there's gonna be a tomorrow so it's very hard when we look at our own to say, there might not be a tomorrow," said Lyon.
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