Friends family remember Vancouver police sergeant

first_imgVancouver Police Sgt. Wayne C. Reynolds was diagnosed nine months ago with a rare, aggressive form of lymphoma that typically strikes men two decades his senior. He immediately started chemotherapy, only to join the 17 percent of mantle cell lymphoma patients for whom chemotherapy doesn’t work. He then tried a drug, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to suppress his cancer. After that failed, he hoped for a breakthrough in treatment options.Reynolds, who worked for the Vancouver Police Department for 24 years, faced his diagnosis and prognosis with courage, the Rev. Gary Lazzeroni said Tuesday during a memorial Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church.“There is no fear in love,” Lazzeroni said, quoting from the Gospel of John.Reynolds, who enjoyed a variety of assignments including patrol, property crimes and traffic, died March 11. He was 46.As pallbearers brought in his casket, police officers lined the center aisle, slowly raising a hand in a salute while Sgt. Brian Kelly from the Portland Police Bureau played bagpipes. Other officers escorted Reynolds’ wife, Nichola, and their daughters Kathryn, 21, and Samantha, 15.Police Chief James McElvain followed, with Assistant Chief Chris Sutter and Acting Assistant Chief Mike Lester.“Wayne was able to love his way through his disease,” Lazzeroni said, speaking to a crowd of approximately 300 people. Love from God, family, co-workers and life-nourishing friendships “chased away any thought that his disease was some kind of punishment.”Lazzeroni said Reynolds was transformed by the fight for his life and the realization he wasn’t in control.He knew there was a place for him in God’s house, the priest said.“We did not want him to go there this soon. He did not want to go there this soon. But go there he has, with courage and faith,” Lazzeroni said.last_img read more