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UPDATE: Chattanooga Police Officer Nathan Rogers passes away from cancer

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Calvary Baptist youth minister Aaron McGuirt recognizes Officer Nathan Rogers (photo by Suzanne Lemery) Calvary Baptist youth minister Aaron McGuirt recognizes Officer Nathan Rogers (photo by Suzanne Lemery)
Nathan Rogers in Iraq Nathan Rogers in Iraq
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Former Marine and Chattanooga Police Officer Nathan Rogers passed away Friday evening, he was 31-years-old.

Before visitation hours began for Officer Nathan Rogers, his wife Sarah invited us to their church to tell us how she hopes the community will remember the man she calls her hero.

"It was love at first sight." Sarah Rogers said.

When Sarah met Nathan Rogers in 2011, she says it was his loyalty that attracted her to the former marine.

The two were married just a few months later.

"I see Nathan in everything and anything," Sarah said. "I see him in the officers, because he loved them."

Last May, when Rogers was only 30 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma, Grade 3. 

Rogers immediately began aggressive treatment of chemotherapy and radiation.

Sarah recently started noticing Nathan's health declining.

"From there, back in March, the doctor's gave him 2-4 months," Sarah said, "So we just spent as much time together doing the things he loved to do."

They couple took trips to the beach, to watch the Atlanta Braves, and went on weekend trips with his fellow officers at CPD
   
Rogers was a four-year US Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
   
After the military, Rogers continued to protect and serve. He joined the Chattanooga Police Department and was a patrol officer until his medical retirement earlier this year.

"A couple nights ago I was struggling with Nathan not being there, and I was just sitting on the edge of my bed crying," said Sarah.

But Sarah remembered what her family in blue promised, Nathan's brothers and sisters have vowed to always protect her.

"Police had volunteered to sit outside our house, I opened up our window and just looked out and a patrol car was sitting there," Sarah said.

Visitation for Officer Rogers is Tuesday, May 26, 4-8 pm; Wednesday, May 27, 11 am - 12:30 pm.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 27, 12:30.

Visitations and funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church (Red Bank), 5201 Dayton Blvd.

Following the funeral, a Gravesite service and burial at the National Cemetery at 2:00pm.

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