DIXON, Ill. – An Illinois officer is back to work within months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

The police officer in Dixon made his triumphant return to work two weeks ago, just seven months after being told he had brain cancer, reported MyStateLine.com.

“It’s just something that I want to keep doing,” said Officer P.J. Ginn. “So, that was one of the first things that came to my mind: whether or not I’d be able to do police work.”

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Dixon Police Officer P.J. Ginn returned to the force two weeks ago after being diagnosed with brain cancer in February. (Dixon Police Department Facebook )

Ginn said that his trouble started with migraines and double vision.

“They referred me to my family doctor and they did an MRI and that’s how we found that I had a tumor, basically, in the center of my brain,” he said.

He was officially diagnosed with pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation (PPTID), and underwent surgery and radiation. According to the news outlet, he will find out in October how the tumor responded to treatments, but said that the support he received from his fellow officers and family helped keep his spirits high and made him eager to return to work.

A fish fry was hosted in his honor at a local church, and the booster club helped fundraise during a recent football game. Once he was medically cleared and returned to the force, his fellow officers had a surprise planned. On Sept. 14, Ginn responded to a call for service at Dixon High School and found himself being cheered by thousands in the gymnasium.

“I was super surprised, and it was just cool,” he recalled. “That they still show the support, even though I am back to work and feeling better, it was special, definitely.”

That support is what Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell says reflects the trust between Officer Ginn, the rest of the department, and the community.

“It shows you that we have a great relationship with the citizens of this community,” Chief Howell said. “We continue to strive for that, and continue to work on that relationship with them.”

Although Ginn isn’t out of the woods yet, he’s remained positive throughout it all.

“You know, for a bad diagnosis, it’s really been a super positive experience, just because of all the support from my friends and family and even people I don’t know on a personal level,” he said.