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Bellevue officers box to honor friend's memory, raise money for kids' education

Instead of fighting crime, Bellevue police officers picked up gloves to fight each other this weekend. (KOMO photo).

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Instead of fighting crime, Bellevue police officers picked up gloves to fight each other this weekend.

Former officer John Nourse lost his battle with cancer in December, 2016, leaving behind his wife and three children. Dozens of friends, family and former coworkers came together Saturday to honor his memory and help raise money to put his kids through college.

The event was held at Ring Sports United Saturday afternoon. Officers and Nourse's son, Quincy, participated in boxing and Jiu-Jitsu matches.

Quincy says he loves Jiu-Jitsu, just like his dad. He's been training for about two years.

Nourse's former co-workers surprised Quincy with a new Jiu-Jitsu uniform Saturday. The uniform had his father's police patches stitched into it.

"[It] really makes me feel like the world cares," Quincy said. "The world isn't a cruel place ... it's filled with nice people who will do many, many things to help others."

Nourse served with the Bellevue Police Department for 10 years. He served with the Marietta Fire Department for five years before becoming a police officer.

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