How Santa Cruz fire crews are trying to remove PFAS from fire gear

  • Source: KION-TV CBS/FOX 46 Monterey
  • Published: 06/14/2024 03:31 AM

VIDEO: What is supposed to protect our firefighters is ultimately causing them harm. Over the last few years, the Santa Cruz Fire Department alone has lost 3 firefighters due to cancer. One of them was Brian Tracy, who dedicated 17 years to the Santa Cruz Fire Department. "He was courageous. He was brave. This was his heart and soul as the fire department," said Stephanie Tracy, his widow. She says it is ironic that the job that he loved so much, protecting others and saving lives, is possibly what killed him at age 45. "It was hard to accept that it was happening because he seemed fine for so long until he wasn't fine anymore. Started just deteriorating physically really fast. And, you know, once the decline started, it was fast. So it was really hard for us," said Tracy.


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