Metro-East News

Organization will have benefit for Collinsville police officer with cancer

A Collinsville police officer with cancer is the latest beneficiary of the annual Jeffro’s Angels Chicken and Beer Dance and Silent Auction.

Det. Chris Warren has been undergoing aggressive chemotherapy in St. Louis for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) since early April, according to a Collinsville Police Department Facebook post. ALL is a blood and bone marrow cancer that affects white blood cells, and it’s led Warren to be in and out of the hospital since his diagnosis.

Each year, Jeffro’s Angels chooses a community member — usually someone with cancer — and organizes a benefit for them. The organization is run by the children of Jeff Bettorf, who passed away in 2009, two days after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Warren has worked with the Collinsville Police Department since 2008 and was previously an officer with the Highland and Lebanon police departments. He was promoted to detective in Collinsville in 2013.

“Chris has proven himself to be a top performer...(and) is truly dedicated to his job and has served the citizens of Collinsville with dignity and respect,” CPD’s Facebook post said. “His work ethic is beyond compare. He truly is one of the ‘best of the best.’”

The Jeffro’s Angels benefit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Collinsville Fireman’s Hall. Tickets will go on sale online soon.