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I’m afraid I won’t get the support I need after my cancer diagnosis

A newly diagnosed cancer patient doesn’t have the best relationship with the chief

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In this episode of “What’s YOUR Problem?” Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder answers this viewer question:

I just got a thyroid cancer diagnosis. I’m a 40-year veteran of the fire service with a department in Ohio. I’m just starting down this road, but here is my fear/problem: I’m not a favorite of the chief in the department. I don’t see a lot of support from the department. Maybe I could have been better with relationships, I don’t know. But the bottom line is I now need help. What are your thoughts on dealing with the situation?”

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Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department. He also serves as Lexipol’s senior fire advisor and is a member of the Fire Chief/FireRescue1 Editorial Advisory Board. Goldfeder is a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations: the IAFC, the September 11th Families Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). He also provides expert review assistance to the CDC NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards, appointments and recognitions. He has served on several NFPA and IAFC committees, has authored numerous articles and books, and presented several sessions at industry events. Chief Goldfeder co-hosts the website