By Dani Coble, Arizona Republic:
The Phoenix Fire Department is mourning the loss of a 31-year-old Phoenix firefighter who lost his battle to occupational cancer on Sunday morning.
Brian Beck Jr., a third-generation firefighter, was an eight-year veteran with the Phoenix Fire Department, while mostly working at Fire Station 33 in north Phoenix, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters, a nonprofit organization.
Beck Jr. is the second Phoenix firefighter who died from occupational cancer this year, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters. Occupational cancer is cancer caused by occupation hazards.
In a post on a Facebook page titled Support For Firefighter Brian Beck Jr, Beck’s father, who is a retired Phoenix fire captain with 33 years of service, stated his son was diagnosed a year ago with malignant melanoma cancer.
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