Thinking of his daughter, Plant City firefighter with incurable cancer hopes lawmakers take action

  • Source: WTSP-TV 10 News
  • Published: 04/17/2019 03:37 PM

Jimmy Riley has dedicated his career to public service, first as a part of the Marines and then as a firefighter. He’s been fighting fires for Plant City for the past 15 years. Now, he is in for the fight of his life. “For a few months I was having headaches, personality changes…it was brain cancer. And it’s non-curable," Riley said. "I got that diagnosis -- actually, the first person to tell me was my wife because she’s an ER nurse." However, the hardest part for him to swallow is thinking about his daughter's future and potentially not being a part of it. “I almost don’t want to think about that, even now. That’s the tough part," Riley said. "When I start thinking about my daughter, you know I hope I, you want to see your daughter’s graduation, you want to see them get, you know you want to be at all these milestones and be able to see."


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