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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Police in Decatur are working the streets with heavy hearts. They're worried about what's ahead for one of their own.

It comes after a  recent medical diagnosis for Officer Joshua Driggers.

Everyday, residents in and around the River City can see Decatur Police officers hard at work serving and protecting the public. This week, what you can't see is what's in the back of their minds.

"At this point, the police department and everyone in the city is very concerned about Josh," said Lt. John Crouch.

He said Driggers, a five-year veteran of the department, is only in his early 30s.

"A very close member of the family," said Crouch.

He explained that after two weeks of suffering from headaches, nausea, and vomiting, Josh went to the doctor. It was tough news -- a brain tumor.  The father of two small children is undergoing surgery at Duke University on Friday.

"We just ask for everyone's prayers for not only him but for his family," said Crouch.

Crouch added that anyone can contribute to a special account set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union to help the family pay for traveling expenses and other unexpected expenses.  Donations can be made to the "Joshua Driggers Love Offering."

There is also a gofundme account set up online.

The Decatur Police Department has more information on its Facebook page.

We have a heartwarming UPDATE -- Decatur Police say the owner of First Response Ambulance, Dave Childers, saw the report on Officer Driggers on WHNT NEWS 19 at 5 on Wednesday evening.    Childers called the Decatur Police Chief to tell him that he would cover all of the family's travel expenses.