By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Sun:
Jim Andrews remembers the day his doctor phoned with the news.
He was in his mid-30s at the time, a career firefighter, married with two children. He had joined the former City of Nepean’s fire department when he was 23 years old.
Early in 2001, his wife noticed a mole on Andrews’ chest that didn’t look right. His doctor tested it, but didn’t seem too concerned.
And then Andrews got the phone call.
As he listened, he wrote the word “malignant” on the blackboard in his family’s kitchen. He heard his wife start to cry.
With his diagnosis of malignant melanoma, Andrews became one of a band of brothers within the fire department — the so-called Nepean cluster.
Five firefighters, all of whom had worked at Viewmount fire station in Nepean, were diagnosed with cancer around the same time. Two of the firefighters developed brain cancer, one had colon cancer, one had liver cancer and Andrews was diagnosed with melanoma.
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