For those of you strongly focused on the issues related to FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER, there is an important NO COST forum that you are invited to attend next week.
You can attend IN PERSON or watch it LIVE via FACEBOOK (so pretty much all of us should watch this important discussion) as shown below:
When: Wednesday November 15, 1900 to 2100 hours.
Where: Columbus Fire Training Academy in the John Nance Auditorium , 3639 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Admission is free and parking is available.
FOR THOSE ATTENDING ON LINE, GO TO THIS PAGE:
ON NOVEMBER 15 AT 1900 Hours Eastern
Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine, 36, is the father of five children and was diagnosed with terminal cancer about five years ago.
Nora Jaegly of Toledo lost her husband, firefighter Peter Jaegly, to occupational cancer in 2013. Peter was 49 and served as a Toledo firefighter for 20 years, two as battalion chief.
Missy Collier of Plain City watched her husband Jeff die of occupational cancer at 40.
Cal Holloway is a firefighter with the Dayton FD and has occupational cancer. Holloway has had several surgeries now to remove cancerous spots from his skin after he underwent a free skin cancer screening.
State Sen. Thomas Patton, a Republican from Strongsville Ohio, spearheaded the passing of Ohio’s presumptive cancer law that took effect in April.
Chief Dave Bernzweig, a battalion chief with the Columbus Fire Division and director of health and safety for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, has spent years trying to get cancer prevention measures implemented into the fire service. Bernzweig is also a special committee member of the National Fire Protection Association, which helps set policy fire departments across the country follow.
…and many others as well.
MORE DETAILS HERE:
REST IN PEACE CHIEF PETER MEADE-NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK
We lost a wonderful Brother and life long friend last weekend when Chief Pete Meade, Nassau County (Long Island NY) Fire Marshals Office-Fire Communications (ret) and past President of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company (51 years service) succumbed to his decades long battle against firefighter occupational cancer.
I knew Pete (and his late Brother Mike-who also died from firefighting cancer) when they were at the Alert Fire Company and I was a young kid (riding my bike to their fires) and we remained friends until his passing. Much of our friendship grew when Pete was the well respected Chief of Fire Communications for Nassau County , NY (Firecom) and I was working for ISO covering southern New York. Firecom was always a good place to hang out (a/k/a hide) and listen to Pete’s unique take on the firefighting world.
I had a chance to write about Pete’s battle in the CLOSE CALLS column in Firehouse Magazine in 2006 (when we were really just starting to talk about firefighting cancers)…please take a moment to read about his story as a firefighter:
Here are also some great quick video interviews with Pete:
As we get older, we tend to lose more friends-that’s expected to some extent-and while Pete was a “Senior Man” his loss is no less tragic…but back then-FIREFIGHTERS didn’t KNOW what WE KNOW today.
ARE YOU ARE FIREFIGHTER?
Please make sure you-the younger Firefighters and Fire Officers-pay close attention to his and all the messages these days about FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER…because we are seeing some very YOUNG Firefighters losing their lives now-like never before. For one thing, attend or listen in to the above forum!
It’s hardly a senior Firefighter survival issue anymore.
Rest In Peace Pete..You Are Already Missed.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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