VIDEO: Firefighters and family paused Monday to remember the life and service of Asheville Fire Captain and Training Officer Jeff Lyons. The funeral was held at West Family Funeral Services in Weaverville. Lyons had served the community for 26 years as an Asheville firefighter. His line of duty death from cancer is Asheville's fourth since February 2018, along with the cancer-related deaths of three retirees.
Monday’s service was held in the shadow of two Asheville's ladder trucks and the flag. It was a somber reminder as the final alert sounded. “Our brother Jeff Lyons has completed his tasks and a duty well done, Asheville Fire clear 15:29,” came the call over the Asheville Fire Department’s dispatch radio during Monday's service.
It was a stark reminder of the risks Lyons and all firefighters face. Firefighting is a career in which cancer is now the No. 1 cause of death.