Yakima County Sheriff speaks about his ALS diagnosis

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima County Sheriff has recently announced he was diagnosed with a terminal illness named ALS.

Sheriff Brian Winter says he felt it was his duty to inform the people about his recent ALS diagnosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Winter says he has been cleared by his doctor to keep working through the first half of the year, but does not think he will be running for re-election this year.

He says he wants the people of Yakima to know how appreciative he and his wife are for all the love they have received since he made the announcement.

“My wife and I have just been amazed at the outpouring of support that we have received. It was immediate, it was overwhelming and it was amazing. The cards, the emails the texts, the phone calls, we are just appreciative," said Winter.

Winter says his condition may be related to his military service in the US Marine Corps and specifically to his combat deployment for Desert Storm.

When asked about his accomplishments, he said the biggest honor of his life has been to work as the Sheriff of this tremendous county.

Winter will keep updating us as he learns more about his condition.

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