A Tempe police detective has lost his battle with cancer.

Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Carbajal said Saturday that Detective Tim Barber, 42, had passed away. The Tempe Police Officers Association on Thursday held a barbecue fundraiser to help the family with mounting medical bills. Barber was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in June 2009 and received treatment that put his disease in remission, but the cancer ultimately returned.

"Tim was an inspiration to all of us, not by his struggle with cancer, but because of his character, leadership, kindness, strength, perseverance, humor, and courage. This outpouring of love and support for Tim and his family is a reflection of the great community we serve," Carbajal said.

Information on services is pending. Donations to the family can be made by check through the Tempe Police Foundation (Tax ID No.  26-3670930), P.O. Box 27661 Tempe, AZ 85285.  "Tim Barber" should be written on the memo line.

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