Now the department is holding a BBQ to help raise funds.
His face may not look familiar, but to some his voice is.
"You call 9-1-1, you might just speak to me, and I'll get you help in one way or another," said Derrik Erickson.
To some, Erickson is the first line of defense in an emergency, he's the one who keeps you calm, and gets you help. Erickson works as a dispatcher for the Phoenix Police Department, but on Friday he was helping volunteers set up for a BBQ fundraiser.
"I was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis, and that has kind of gradually taken its toll, now we just need a new set, it just kind of came on suddenly there at the end," he said.
Breathing has become increasingly difficult for Erickson, and he is now in dire need of a double lung transplant.
The BBQ is an effort to raise money for medical costs.
"First of all, donate your organs, think about doing that, go to the website and the second thing is there is a GoFundMe.com account for Derrik, for the folks that cannot make it out today," said Officer James Holmes.
His brothers and sisters in the department want Erickson to get better, as his job helps them as much as it helps the public. Along with food and fun, it's an opportunity to make yet another difference.
The Donate Life Arizona group is on hand, registering people to be donors.
Spokesperson Jacqueline Keidel says more than 123,000 people across America are waiting for a life-saving transplant, 2,500 of those live here in Arizona.
"We're here today to register people as organ, eye, and tissue donors, as a sign of support, and a show of hope for Derrik and all those waiting for the gift of life.
"For me, I'm pretty much normal, except no stamina, it's really hard to do stuff," said Erickson.
Erickson is eager to regain his health to keep helping others and is grateful to those helping him.
The fundraiser goes on until 6 Friday evening if you're interested in attending stop by 3909 N 16th Street, Phoenix
You can also donate at http://www.gofundme.com/ts2pxg