Calif. firefighter-EMT dies from occupational cancer
Firefighter-EMT Tamara Thacher died Tuesday after serving 31 years with the Sacramento Fire Department
By News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California firefighter-EMT with occupational cancer died on Tuesday.
Firefighter-EMT Tamara Thacher had served with the Sacramento Fire Department for 31 years, including as a training instructor and peer support counselor, the department said.
“Tami realized a need to help serve other members of the department who were struggling with behavioral health issues,” the department said in a Facebook post. “She became a peer support counselor and helped countless firefighters deal with their personal struggles.”
The department also described Thacher as a “role model for aspiring female firefighters.”
It is with deep regret and sadness that the Sacramento Fire Department announces the line of duty death of one of its own members. Firefighter Tamara Thacher passed away today, November 26th 2019, after battling occupational cancer. pic.twitter.com/0W5sRelUUt— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) November 27, 2019