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Monroe officer who battled cancer fights to return to work

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A Monroe police officer who fought cancer is now fighting to return to work.

A public pre-termination hearing will be held Monday night for Officer Andrew Wall. Wall has been with the Monroe Police Department for 22 years.

In September of 2015, Wall's life changed when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.

According to Wall, doctors initially gave him a short time to live, but they got him into a clinical trial for an experimental drug. Wall says he is now cancer-free and feels ready and able to return to work.

Wall says his doctors have cleared him to go back to work and provided the department with letters saying so, but the chief has still initiated a pre-termination hearing in front of the Board of Police Commissioners.

Wall even received a medal of valor from the Monroe Police Department for his battle with cancer back in May.

A day later, he received a letter in the mail saying he was losing his job.

In addition to providing for his wife and 12-year-old son, Wall says keeping his health insurance is critical.

"If I lose my insurance, it's literally a death sentence," he says. "It's not hyperbole. It's true. If I don't have insurance, it's over."

The police department's administration is not commenting until after Monday night's hearing. The Board of Police Commissioners will hear both sides and make a decision on whether Wall can return.

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