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Ga. FF back to work after battling brain and kidney cancer

Cherokee County Lieutenant Dave Burnaugh faced two tumors at once


Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

By Bill Carey

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia fire department is celebrating the return to work of one of its firefighters after a battle with two cancerous tumors.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services stated in a Facebook post that Lieutenant Dave Burnaugh was diagnosed with a stage 3 astrocytoma brain tumor and a stage 1 kidney tumor after falling ill 10 months ago.

Stage 3 astrocytomas are cancerous and usually removed through a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Burnaugh has been with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services for 16 years.

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