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

  • Source: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & 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.



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