Deep East Texas community unites to support Diboll Police Officer

DIBOLL, Texas (KTRE) – Members of the East Texas community gathered today to rally support for a police officer battling cancer.

Officer Corey Clemens is an asset to the Diboll Police Department, and the community has been greatly missed over the past four months as he battles throat cancer.

Diboll Police Department Chief Steve Baker said he was honored to have Clemens on the team.

“He’s a very good officer, so I pretty much recruited him to work here and luckily I got him. He’s one of our best officers, and we miss him right now, ”said Baker.

James Jordan is a retired Nacogdoches Police Department officer but said it was important for him to be here today to serve the Brotherhood of Law Enforcement.

I mean it’s more than a lot of people think. We put our lives on the line every day, you know, so it’s a family, ”Jordan said.

Clemens said he was incredibly grateful to members of the community for coming out today and supporting him.

“I might not recognize them, or I look at them and I’m like, ‘Dude, I met them once,’ or maybe I never met them at all. Some people approached me like “you’ve never met me, but… So just knowing that complete strangers show up is great,” Clemens said.

Clemens finished her cancer and radiation treatments in mid-May. Now he is focusing on his recovery.

“It really seems like it’s a little harder after that, but probably just because it works and does what the drug is supposed to do,” Clemens said. “But the doctors say the tough parts are over so now it’s just a game of waiting.”

And the community will continue to support him and wish him good luck.

“We pray for his health and hope to get him back soon,” Baker said.

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