‘He’s a brother in the blue family’: Officer talks about benefit for officer diagnosed with cancer


A benefit is scheduled Sunday for Detective Matt Young, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. KSN met with officers who are supporting Matt and his family in a special way.

KSN talked to both police officers and deputies who are part of a band. They told us when Matt said he wanted to bring people together for a party where they wouldn’t be sad about his condition, they knew they could help.

With a little rock and roll, the band Crossfire hope they can bring people together this Sunday.

The band made up of local law enforcement say their performance is to support one of their own.

“He’s a brother in the blue family,” said Sgt. Shane Preble, Wichita Police.

Wichita Police Detective Matt Young recently discovered he had pancreatic cancer. And ever since the announcement, there’s been widespread community support for him.

“He is overwhelmed and at a lack for words at the outpouring that he’s seen from everybody that’s come out of the wood work and its been amazing,” said Preble.

The benefit concert will feature a variety of tunes, as well as a live silent auction and food Preble says it’s all to back Matt, a 20 year member of the police department and brother in blue.

“I want to make sure that we’re doing as much as we can, cause he does as much as he can everyday to show up and get the job done, no matter what that job is,” said Preble.

The benefit will be held at Abode Venue from 5 to 10 p.m. this Sunday. And a donation of $10 is suggested for Matt and his family.

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