By Hailey Higgins, Fox 13 Now
The Unified Fire Authority is mourning the loss of a retired firefighter who died Saturday.
Chris Cage died from cancer believed to be connected to his work at Ground Zero after September 11, 2001.
Cage spent more than 30 years as a firefighter in Utah. He’s credited with dedicating his life to helping others.
For decades, he volunteered for the honor guard and also regularly deployed with Utah’s elite Task Force 1.
“He did it willingly and wanted to go above and beyond,” said Capt. Mark Greensides.
In 2001, Cage worked six days in the Ground Zero rubble after the terror attacks on 9/11.
In July, X-rays of a back injury showed Cage developed tumors. Capt. Greensides said it was small-cell lung cancer believed to be connected to 9/11.
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