Kelley Pirkle has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma (Lung Cancer). Unfortunately, the cancer is very aggressive and has spread to multiple areas of his body, including his brain and spine.
This diagnosis has taken everyone by surprise. Kelley has never smoked a cigarette in his life and is very well known for having a healthy and physically active lifestyle. At 54 years old, he is in tremendous physical shape! Just this past year, Kelley competed in two very physically demanding SWAT competitions.
Kelley is a Sergeant with the Lubbock Police Department, where he has served for 21 years. 18 of those have been spent as a SWAT operator. His son Kolton is also part of the SWAT team. They train and compete together! Kelley would never boast about himself, but he is highly respected and appreciated throughout the entire Texas SWAT community. He is the kind of leader that goes above and beyond to make sure that his team succeeds on and off the field. He spends countless hours giving advice and helping train anyone who asks. He has truly made a difference in the Lubbock Police Department!
Behind the badge and tactical gear is a loving husband and father! Kelley and his wife Terri have been married for almost 30 years and have three sons, Kody, Kolton, and Kutter. He's been the perfect example for his son's, always showing them how to work hard, never to be lazy, and to always help other's.
Kelley is a tough, dedicated man and he intends to fight this illness with all he’s got. He and his family are looking at treatment options both in his hometown of Lubbock as well as MD Anderson in Houston. As you can imagine, medical treatments and travel to and from Houston will quickly become very expensive. Kelley, nor his family would ever ask for financial assistance, but they are part of a much bigger family... the BLUE family, and in the blue family no one fights alone! I want to give anyone who would like to do so the opportunity help Kelley and his family out. Thank you and God Bless