City of Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine has received the September 2015 Hometown Hero Award from radio station Sunny 95 and CME Federal Credit Union in recognition of his efforts to fight skin cancer. The award will be presented onTuesday, September 15, at Local 67, 379 W. Broad St, at 11am.
Rine has been a preeminent figure in the education, fight and prevention of skin cancer amongst first responders. He has conducted hundreds of seminars and presentations on cancer awareness to firefighters across the state.
He has made recommendations to Public Safety leaders on best practices in the field, conducted free cancer screenings and launched a website call http://www.sknluv.com/ with the sole purpose of becoming a resource on cancer awareness and fire-ground safety.
“My added purpose in life is to meet with as many firefighters as I can and tell them the amazing news that skin cancer is preventable and avoidable.”
September 11 is a pivotal date not only for our country and first responders but for Rine as well. On this day in 2012, his physician informed him that he had a melanoma. Two weeks later, he began treatment.
Always a fighter, Rine took this information and began serving a different community – his fellow firefighters. He soon discovered that firefighters suffer from a higher rate of cancers. He took action. Developing resources and educating first responders throughout the nation on skin cancer awareness and preventative measures.
“My new journey became learning as much about this disease as possible along with the circumstances of acquiring it, particularly among firefighters,” said Rine.
Rine began his career with the Division in 2006.
Sunny 95 Columbus presents the Hometown Hero award in partnership with CME Credit Union and This Week Community News. The award is presented monthly to one individual in recognition of their contributions to their community.