3rd-generation Arizona firefighter loses battle to occupational cancer at 31

  • Source: AZ Central - Metered Site
  • Published: 05/22/2019 12:00 AM

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. Beck Jr.'s cancer is considered job-related under House Bill 2161, which was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2017. Beck Jr. leaves behind his wife and three young children, the United Phoenix Firefighters posted. Beck Jr. will be memorialized by the Phoenix Fire Department as a line-of-duty death, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters.


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