We lost a wonderful Brother and life long beloved 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 Pete’s message 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.