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Wildomar Deputy In Fight Of His Life

Sal Aguirre serves on the Wildomar Police Department and was diagnosed with leukemia in May. He will be honored during Wildomar Community Night at The Diamond July 26.

When Sal Aguirre learned he had leukemia in May, he cried and whined and felt sorry for himself -- that is, until he met his hard-nosed nurse, who said if he fought it, she would too.

“She picked me up, dusted me off and slapped me around a little bit," Aguirre said, explaining how he managed to stay strong. "I love her to death."

Now in remission after two rounds of chemo, Aguirre is at home, feeling well, and is the beneficiary of a fundraiser planned in conjunction with the city of Wildomar and the

The Menifee resident who serves on the Wildomar Police Department said his family, friends and co-workers have been striving to raise money to help pay the mounting bills.

One co-worker decorated pens and sold them at the courthouse; they sold out. Another friend made T-shirts. Still another acquaintance held a Zumba dance fundraiser for him.

Aguirre, father to three children -- Kiera, 15, Cheyenne, 12, and Jacob, 9 -- was driving to work May 9 when, while on the phone with his wife, Kristi, he mentioned his gums were bleeding a bit and his stomach was upset.

He thought it was just a flu bug.

Kristi Googled the symptoms and called him back: "Get to the doctor."

Two days later, he was taking his first round of chemotherapy.

“It was very quick, it was very fast,” the deputy recalled Thursday.

Now, he said, the amount of cancer in his blood is very low.

"That puts me in the zone for remission," he said.

The next step in the deputy's fight for life is to get a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, he explained.

In the meantime, the community is pulling for him. Aguirre will be honored by the Lake Elsinore Storm when they take on the Lancaster Jethawks July 26 at The Diamond. Tickets for the game are $9 for anyone who uses the promotional code, WILDOMAR, organizers said. Out of that $9, the Storm will donate $3 toward Aguirre's fight to beat the disease. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Raj Narayanan, Storm Baseball's director of group sales, said the team is "proud to be able to support his cause."

The special night at The Diamond coincides with the fourth annual Wildomar Community Night. Wildomar City Councilwoman Bridgette Moore said she and fellow council members followed their mayor's lead in honoring Aguirre.

"Police officers do so much for our community and this is nice for us to give back to him," Moore said.

The deputy said he feels grateful for his second chance and also for all the support and compassion his family, friends -- and even strangers -- have shown him.

“It’s always overwhelming when you see everybody coming out."

To keep track of developments in Aguirre's fight against leukemia, click here. For more information on Wildomar Community Night and tickets to the July 26 Storm game, contact Wildomar Community Services Director Paula Willette at 951-677-7751 or the Storm's Raj Narayanan at 951-245-4487 x308.

WorkingMom July 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This is an awesome family!!!! I have personally had the pleasure being one of the many nurses at Kaiser to get to care for him and his family. I am going to try to get the 4west clan to be there for support. Can't wait !Lots of prayers going out to you!!!!
Mel Kizadek July 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
May the Lord bring healing and peace to Deputy Aguirre and his family and do a mighty work through this situation for His glory.
Kristi Aguirre July 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This is Sal's wife, Kristi. I am just overwhelmed with how much support our family has received since Sal was diagnosed. I know that we definitely couldn't go through this journey without the support of our friends. We would love to see all of our friends next Thursday at the game and we hope that we can see some of the nurses from 4west! The staff at Kaiser Hospital in Riverside has been great to Sal and I. On July 31st Sal will be going back in to receive more chemo and we know that he will have great care because of the loving nurses that he has :) We would also like to say THANK YOU to everyone that is involved in this fundraiser. THANK YOU!
Cat July 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
This would also be a good time to think about signing up to be on the national bone marrow doner list. I am. They take some blood to do the 'type' test, fill out some paperwork & they give you a card. Then if you are a match to anyone, they call you & you have the very unique experience of actually saving a life. I am on the registry until I turn 60. It's a good thing to help out your fellow humans no matter what affiliation they are. Share the love in your heart! :~)

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