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Community rallies around ailing DeKalb police officer, veteran

DeKALB – DeKalb police detective Mark Nachman had to resign after 24 years of service when he was diagnosed with a large brain tumor this time last year, and now his family, friends and former colleagues are rallying behind him.

A benefit event is being organized for Nachman, set for 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Faranda’s Banquet Center, 302 Grove St., DeKalb to raise money and support for his family as they face his grueling recovery together. Tickets are $30 per person and get you into the event which has food, dancing, raffle prizes and a cash bar. Space is limited to 300 people, though donations can be made regardless of attendance.

You can purchase tickets with cash or by check at the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, 1325 Sycamore Road, or by contacting Cary Lekkas at carylekkas@yahoo.com, or by calling 815-748-8455 or 815-901-3315.

If you would like to support the Nachman family but can’t attend the event, you are encouraged to make a donation by writing a check and taking it to any Resource Bank location. Checks should be made out to Det. Mark Nachman Benefit, according to the event page. You can also donate via PayPal through MarknachmanD5@gmail.com, according to the benefit page.

Born and raised in DeKalb, Nachman served six years in the Army National Guard, ending his military service as a sergeant, according to a bio on the event page. He then joined the DeKalb Police Department as a patrol officer in 1995, and worked on the North Central Narcotics Task Force. For the past 18 years, he’s worked in the department’s detective bureau, specializing in investigations of physical and sexual abuse of children.

“Mark has been an important part of the law enforcement community,” the post reads. “But even more than that, he is a dedicated and loving husband, father and friend.”

In January 2019, Nachman was diagnosed with a large brain tumor and underwent brain surgery to remove it the next day. Since then, he’s been on a long road to recovery, including frequent seizures.

Nachman and his family now face numerous appointments for vision and neurology scans, and he requires speech, occupational and vestibular (relating to balance) therapy multiple times a week, according to the post.

You can also purchase t-shirts to support the Nachman family at dekalbpolicenachman.itemorder.com/sale.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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