BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- This should be Detective Bruce Fitzgerald's shining moment, but on the day that he was to receive the 17th Judicial District's "Peace Officer of the Year," he was sitting in a hospital bed battling stomach cancer.
Fitzgerald, who has been a police officer in Broomfield for 31 years, was diagnosed with cancer last year.
Friday morning at the Adams County "Law Day" Awards banquet, his daughter Erin and Broomfield's Police Chief accepted the award in his honor.
After the ceremony, Police Chief Tom Deland and other members of the department hand delivered Fitzgerald's plaque to him at Lutheran Medical Center.
On Sunday, a car wash fundraiser is being held in Erie from 2 to 5 p.m. to help the Fitzgerald family with medical costs.
You can also make a donation to the "Bruce Fitzgerald" Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.