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Former San Diego Detective Dies of Cancer

A former San Diego Police Department (SDPD) homicide detective recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has died.Brett Burkett, 50, wore the SDPD badge with pride for 25 years. He had a long list of accomplishments. Most recently, he worked for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in the Family Protection Division. Man in Hospital Gown Found Dead in Hillcrest: SDPD Burkett was diagnosed with Angiosarcoma of the heart in July 2017, an incredibly rare form of cancer where a tumor surrounds the heart.Burkett’s family, his longtime partner at SDPD and countless others in the community stepped up to support him in recent months. San Diegans Endure Crawling Traffic Due to Gas Leak The Padres showed a message of support for Burkett on the Petco Park jumbotron and special #BrettStrong bracelets were worn by members of local law enforcement.Burkett died Tuesday, according to his family.  SDFD Chief Leaving for Same Role in Orange County The SDPD posted this message on social media Wednesday: “We are saddened to learn of retired #SDPD Detective Brett Burkett’s passing yesterday. He will forever be in our hearts. #BrettStrong”Burkett was last seen by many of his supporters at a benefit on Sunday. He was joined by hundreds of people and appeared to be having a great time. A memorial service for Burkett is set to be held March 17 at Eastlake Church in Chula Vista. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Source: NBC San Diego

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