Salinas Firefighters Provide Breakfast for Cancer Survivors

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News Date: 
May 16, 2018

Cancer is the leading cause of line of duty fatalities among firefighters.  Firefighters have a 68% higher likelihood to be diagnosed with cancer than the general population.   While we are aware of the risks, we also recognize how cancer affects our community.  We are huge supporters of the Relay for Life and every year we celebrate our cancer survivors by inviting them to breakfast.

In partnership with Northminster Church, our firefighters are up early setting up tables and preparing a delicious “firehouse breakfast” for our cancer survivors in the community.  It is a time to come together and celebrate survival and keep focused on how we can collectively beat cancer. 

“Nearly 40% of the population will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime,” says Interim Fire Chief Brett Loomis. “That percentage is doubled for firefighters.  We are serious about supporting and partnering with our community and our firefighters to reduce those numbers down to zero,” he says. 

Salinas Firefighters have been present at the Relay for Life for many years and this year will be no different.  Together, we will beat cancer!