Deputy knocking on doors for colleague

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsChemotherapy drove the disease into remission once, but it has returned, and Rousseau recently began his second round of the debilitating treatments. “I’ve never been in so much physical pain,” Rousseau said in a hospital bed Tuesday. “But with all the people backing you, it makes you want to live.” His battle with the illness has forced Rousseau to take off work for long periods, and he will soon run out of paid leave – creating a difficult situation for a man with a wife and three young sons. But Gibbons is determined to not let his friend worry, which is why he’s working as a detective by day, fundraiser by night. Two weeks ago, Gibbons organized a carwash that raised nearly $20,000 for Rousseau. And a pancake breakfast is slated for June 3, when a raffle and silent auction of donated items will be held. For Rousseau, 43, the display of support from Gibbons, his other colleagues and the community gives him the strength to endure. “He’s my hero,” Rousseau said of Gibbons. “I can’t believe all the good things people are doing for me. I’m very flattered and very humbled.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CRESCENTA – Sheriff’s Detective Keith Gibbons has been on a mission for more than a year – knocking on doors and making calls. It’s not the hunt for a criminal suspect that drives him, but the quest to help a friend in need. “It’s a labor of love,” said Gibbons, who is assigned to the Crescenta Valley sheriff’s station. “Randy is like my brother.” Gibbons is raising money for sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Rousseau, an 18-year-veteran of the department, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004. last_img read more