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Martinez Police Sergeant Loses Fight With Cancer

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) - Martinez police were 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 Tuesday 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 was to be held at 3 p.m. at Connolly and Taylor at 4000 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez.

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