Ron Reed, a 23-year firefighting veteran and devoted family man, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, renal cell carcinoma, in 2008 and given five years to live. When fellow firefighters learned Reed had almost depleted his family’s finances trying to get treatment for the disease, they managed to raise $25,000 for him–in less than two weeks.
Ron Reed, 49, started his career in the fire service in 1987 as a paid-call firefighter with the City of Victorville (CA) Fire Department. He worked for Valley Medical Transport full-time as an EMT from 1989 through 1995, and the City of Adelanto as a Firefighter (part-time) from 1992 through 1998. On June 6, 1998, he was promoted to full-time engineer with the city of Adelanto (CA) Fire Department. In 1999, the City of Adelanto contracted fire suppression services with The County of San Bernardino (CA) Fire Department. Reed has been working full-time at the rank of engineer with the County of San Bernardino ever since. His second home is Station 94, C-Shift in Lake Arrowhead, California. Ron’s department has established a fund (http://www.ronreedfund.com) to help him overcome the financial obstacle of receiving expensive treatments for the cancer.
“I have had the honor of serving in the fire service for 23 years,” Reed said. “The fire service has been an amazing adventure for me and my family, and I would not change a thing. I have loved every second of it! “
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