A fire had erupted in a makeshift wooden garbage bin about 10 feet behind Kiseki, a Japanese restaurant at the corner of Mount Vernon Street and Lincoln Avenue. Crews from two companies were stretching separate hose lines when a pressurized canister exploded inside the receptacle.
He was “hit in multiple areas by the shrapnel and sustained severe trauma across the body, resulting in major bleeding,” he said. “A tourniquet was applied almost immediately by the attending firefighter and police officer to one of his legs above one area of major trauma.” The immediate application of the tourniquet is credited by medical professionals as potentially saving his life.” KHIYP’s
Fire Officer Tracy Post, a lieutenant in the Westminster, Colorado, fire department, was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in November 2019. Post, 45, who has worked for the fire department since 2013, had to undergo a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy to treat her cancer, followed by breast reconstruction.
As she began her treatment, Post said she discovered that breast cancer was not one of the five types of cancer covered under the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust, which provides mandated cardiac and voluntary cancer benefits to the state’s firefighters.
Are there age requirements?
Who is covered, and who isn’t?
How long am I covered if I am disabled for an extended period of time?
Is there any temporary or permanent disability plan?
Who will pay my medical bills?
Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses?
What plans exist to supplement my income?
How will my “event” affect those who also are covered on my insurance, such as my spouse, partner or children?
Be sure to also ask around to see how other firefighters have been treated and what their experiences have been.
Perform a “benefits” size-up!
IF YOU or a Firefighter you know has been diagnosed with cancer, be sure to reach out to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.