Union City Fire Sgt. Craig Underwood has died after a year-long battle with cancer.
Sgt. Underwood was described by his department and fellow firefighters as "a dedicated employee and an amazing soul" as well as "one of the most loved people at Union City Fire." Underwood developed an aggressive form of brain cancer with little warning. His colleagues said he had hoped to be able to fight the cancer like he battled so many fires and return to a job he loved.
"He fought hard and was able to be home for the majority of his fight," the Union City Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page. "His battle ended this week." His fellow firefighters and the community raised money last fall to send him to Washington, D.C. to try an experimental treatment. It is in that same rallying spirit, the department now says they will honor him.