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Services set for O'Fallon, Ill. police chief who died of cancer

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O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) -- Services are set for a longtime southwestern Illinois police chief who has died after a four-year cancer fight.

A memorial service for late O'Fallon Police Chief John Betten II will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the O'Fallon Township High School.

Betten was 54 when he died Sunday at his home.

His wife, Anne Betten, tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1akNmiT ) that her husband beat the odds, surviving for four years after an initial diagnosis gave him just four to six months to live.

She says her husband didn't accept the diagnosis and pressed on, wanting to be with his family and community.

Before taking over the helm of the O'Fallon police force a decade ago, Betten spent 18 years working for the Fairview Heights Police Department.

 

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