A 20 year veteran of the Greenville Police Department has died following a difficult illness. Officer Donnie Andrews died Thursday morning at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
Andrews battled Hodgkin's Disease and Sarcoidosis, according to information provided by the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association. The group created a Facebook page to urge people to donate to the Officer Donnie Andrews Fund to help him pay mounting medical bills.
Hodgkin's disease is a type of cancer called a lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Sarcoidosis is a disease in which swelling (inflammation) occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin, or other tissues.
On March 23, when the Facebook page to help Officer Andrews was posted, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association said his heart was functioning at 20% and his kidneys had shut down.
People can contribute to the Officer Donnie Andrews Fund in the following ways:
-Donate to the fund at any branch of Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank
-Donate to the fund at any area Go by any area BB&T Bank
-Text the phrase COPS DONNIE to 85944. A $10 donation will be added to your next cell phone bill
The death of Officer Andrews comes on the fourth anniversary of the death of another Greenville police officer, Jason Campbell. Campbell died in a car crash on duty on 500 North Greene Street in front of the Wilco Gas Station in Greenville. He was 35 years old.