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Community rallies around ailing DeKalb police officer, veteran

Benefit for ailing DeKalb officer Mark Nachman scheduled for Feb. 29

DeKalb police detective Mark Nachman has had to lay down the badge early after 24 years of service after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019. The community is rallying behind him and his family (pictured) to host a fundraiser benefit Feb. 29.
DeKalb police detective Mark Nachman has had to lay down the badge early after 24 years of service after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019. The community is rallying behind him and his family (pictured) to host a fundraiser benefit Feb. 29.

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.
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 a person and grant admittance to the event, which has food, dancing, raffle prizes and a cash bar. Space is limited to 300 people,
although donations can be made regardless of attendance.

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

For those who want to support the Nachman family but can’t attend the event, supporters 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. Donations also can be made 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, which has included 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.

Readers also can buy T-shirts to
support the Nachman family at www.dekalbpolicenachman.itemorder.com/sale.

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