Death of Arizona fire captain prompts new campaign to end tobacco use

  • Source: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
  • Published: 08/08/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: First responders make it their mission to save the lives of others. But the tragic death of a Tucson Fire captain has inspired the department to launch a campaign aimed at saving the lives of their own. Captain Glenn Fleck chewed tobacco on-and-off for years. Last year, he passed away from oral cancer. TFD documented Fleck’s treatment before his death and posted the video to Youtube. “I’m here to hopefully scare you away from tobacco use,” Fleck said in the video. “Your fire department’s like a family. There’s nothing harder than having to tell your family that you have cancer.” The video, entitled ‘Glenn Fleck’s Video Message- Please Stop’, has been viewed nearly three thousand times. Tucson Fire officials are hoping it will educate first responders on the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco.


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