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Fallen Canadian firefighters honored, push for more cancer recognition

The memorial service was to remember those who had made the ultimate sacrifice and to bring awareness to the lasting effects of the job

WINDSOR, Canada — The recent deaths of two Windsor firefighters highlight not only the dangers faced on the job, but also are reasons to push for more cancers to be recognized as firefighting job hazards, local firefighters say.

Mario Piva, a retired Windsor fire district chief, who died Aug. 9 of esophageal cancer at the age of 65, and Darrell Elwood, a 50-year-old Windsor firefighter who died Christmas Day, 2011, of multiple myeloma, were two of 18 fallen firefighters honoured in a Windsor memorial service Sunday.

“They suffered, unfortunately, the fate of some of the results of years of fighting fires,” fire Chief Bruce Montone said at the first annual Windsor Firefighters Memorial.

Full story: Windsor’s fallen firefighters honoured in ceremony

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