Fresno police detective loses battle with pancreatic cancer

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno Police Department is mourning the loss of a beloved detective. Edgar Valle Sandoval died on Sunday after a brief battle with stage four pancreatic cancer.

The love for Detective Valle Sandoval was palpable during an event in March when dozens of people shaved their heads in a show of support.

"This is my foundation. This is what makes me wake up every day and say, 'OK, today, one day, one fight,'" Valle Sandoval said back on March 4.

The 41-year-old fought bravely from the day of his diagnosis in January. The news of stage four pancreatic cancer was especially devastating because his young daughter died from brain cancer years earlier.

"We did not think that he would pass as soon as he did, but what we do know is that Edgar is in a better place, and he is now getting to spend time with his daughter Natalia in heaven," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

Dyer says the dedicated father made a lasting impact during his decade with the department, most recently in the Domestic Violence Unit. He also helped other officers deal with injuries and stress.

"He is going to be deeply missed. He is one of those people in the department that a lot of people depended on, including myself," said Dyer.

A broadcast over the police radio on Sunday recognized those years of service with a somber salute: "Fresno and all units broadcasting final log off for Detective Edgar Valle Sandoval, badge 1474. End of watch April 12th, 2015. Fresno all clear."

Detective Valle Sandoval leaves behind a wife and daughter.

A GoFundMe account is set up in his name. If you would like to make a donation, visit

Copyright © 2019 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.