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Cottage Grove comes together to support cop with cancer

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When a police officer is need, fellow officers often step up to the plate -- but in Cottage Grove, the entire community is coming together to celebrate the legacy Sgt. Greg Brysky built over 25 years.

"Through this whole ordeal, I've been very humbled to see how many people stepped up to bring us meals, provide us support," Brysky admitted. "It's just unbelievable."

Watching Brysky's fellow officers embrace him, it's clear he has left an impression on his badge-wearing brothers even though he is no longer actively on the force. Each day, Brysky misses the camaraderie between his friends at the Cottage Grove Police Department. After nearly 25 years there, he was forced into early retirement after he was diagnosed with two inoperable brain tumors in July.

"Everything has been going good with the regiment of treatment," he said.

Since then, Brysky has been enjoying his outdoor passions.

"The nice thing for me -- they told me, 'You don't have an expiration date on you,'" Brysky explained.

Even so, there are many who want to make sure his legacy is not forgotten.

"Really, I think it's the way he treated people," said Capt. Pete Koerner.

Brysky started out as a street cop after growing up knowing it was what he wanted to do with his life. He brought community policing to the city and then moved on to investigations and child sex crimes.

"Big satisfaction trying to find out who did it, put the bricks together, prove they did it and hold them responsible," he said.

In the end, Brysky finished his career as a street sergeant, rounding off a 25-year career that left a lasting impression on his coworkers.

"He wasn't just the guy in the squad," Koerner explained. "The window would be down, he would be waving to people. I hope a lot of officers see that. It's important t pull up to the high school and stop at the hockey game and be a person."

Now, Brysky's fellow officers are also giving back by throwing a benefit. They've also gone out into the community to collect items, and many people are donating.

"There's been a lot of people that have come forward and said, '15 years ago he helped me out,'" Koerner said.

Even though Brysky is officially retired, his workspace has been left untouched and his locker remains filled. It's his coworkers' way of letting him know how much they care.

"It's been very, very moving for me to have that kind of support," Brysky said.

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