Firefighter Aims To Help Cancer-Stricken First Responders

Andrew Greenstein
April 13, 2018 - 1:15 pm

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BEDFORD (1080 KRLD) - A Bedford firefighter launches a national effort to help cancer-stricken first responders.

"Firemen are dying too quickly, and it's it's unacceptable," says firefighter Chris Conner.

Conner says in the last few years, the Bedford Fire Department has lost four people to cancer, including a lieutenant who he calls his mentor. Conner says cancer has recently overtaken cardiac arrest as the number-one cause of death among first responders.

Of all the help that's available today, Conner says there's one type of help that's conspicuopusly missing.

"There's all kinds of support out there, a lot of peer suopport. The one thing that I couldn't find out there was any type of financial support" Conner says.

So last month, Conner launched FACEs: Firefighters Against Cancer and Exposure.

"FACEs helps with pre-deductible premiums. We try to help guys meet their deductibles to take away that financial burden off them and their families, he says.

Conner's goal is to raise $1 million. So far, he's raised $7000.

If you'd like to help, send a check payable to FACEs to 711 Burnet St., Coppell, TX 75019.