By Noah Feit, The State:
Will Willis died of cancer on Feb. 27 — his 34th birthday.
The engineer with the Asheville Fire Department had “a rare subtype of translocation renal cell carcinoma” in a kidney, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family — which includes his widow, Bonnie, and four young children.
They got a little more help Tuesday.
That’s when it was determined that Willis died in the line of duty, by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, foxcarolina.com reported.
The ruling means Willis’ family will receive full benefits offered to any other firefighter who died in the line of duty, according to WYFF-4. In addition to survivor benefits, Willis’ three sons and daughter will have their college education paid for should they attend a public university in North Carolina.
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