Firefighters face an outsized risk of cancer - What is being done to keep them safe?

  • Source: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • Published: 02/11/2020 05:48 AM

The diagnosis was bad. There was no silver lining. A small chance of survival, a few months left to live. More than four years after receiving his devastating cancer diagnosis, Austin Peck was defying the odds. The Goodyear firefighter had undergone more than $100,000 in treatment, including countless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and other alternative medicines. His wife, Erin, left her job as a nurse to care for him full time; their two young daughters watched their father’s health decline. In the end, the aggressive cancer showed no mercy. Peck died in August. In an interview a few months before his death, Peck expressed a sense of desperation that wasn’t just for his own life, but his fellow firefighters exposed to cancer-causing chemicals as part of their job. “(Cancer is) killing people,” Peck had said.


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe