Ariz. FF who documented cancer battle on TikTok dies at 36
Mesa Fire Captain Trevor Madrid used the social media platform to raise awareness of occupational cancer and stay positive through his experience
By FireRescue1 Staff
PHOENIX — A 13-year veteran of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department died from a rare form of cancer on Sunday.
Captain Trevor Madrid, 36, was diagnosed in 2019 with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer found in just one or two people per million in the U.S. each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Mesa Fire shared a statement on Facebook: “This is a difficult time for our organization, and it is crucial that we care for and support each other. Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Madrid family as we work through the days ahead. Rest in peace Trevor and thank you for your service.”
Madrid’s death is considered a LODD, having been deemed the direct result of his work environment, KTAR News reported.
Madrid documented his cancer battle on TikTok, where he had amassed 210,000 followers and more than 4 million likes.
“I’ve been putting myself out there a lot on TikTok … just trying to bring awareness of firefighters having cancer,” Madrid told KTAR News 92.3 FM last year. “My biggest thing is to be positive going through this.”