Report Highlights Cancer Among Jacksonville (FL) Firefighters

Although Jacksonville (LF) Fire and Rescue Department does not track stats on cancer cases in their ranks, firefighters fear cases are increasing, according to a local news report.

WTEV reported ( that Division Chief of Operations Kurt Wilson says at least six firefighters who dedicated their careers to the department have died of cancer. One firefighter, Andre Hills, was 31 when he died, just nine years after joining the fire department.

Wilson, a 21-year-veteran Jacksonville firefighter, also fears getting the disease The Kenco chemical fire erupted in Jacksonville in 1979, injuring 39 firefighters. Wilson’s father-in-law, Thomas Luders is among several firefighters at that scene later diagnosed with various cancers.

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