Firefighters have about a 40% greater chance of occupational cancers than other workers. This can be devastating to the individual, thier family, and others in the Fire Service Brotherhood.
Today, the Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department wanted to support a fire service family member that is fighting this battle; David Creasy, a long time career firefighter from Chesterfield and Richmond that started his service as a volunteer in Chesterfield in 1968, and after retiring from there about three decades later came back to do it as a volunteer again.
For over 30 months he has fought this battle against cancer medically. Just as importantly, he educates the fire service about cancer. Now, after losing friends to this disease he and others banded together to help move some tools, especially mobility devices from Florida to Virginia to help him live the best he can and as a means to get out and educate firefighters on what they can do to minimize thier exposure to the chemicals we encounter as part of our job. That is the mission of Chico's Army.
This afternoon, in the travels between the City of Richmond and several stops in Chesterfield the Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department caught up with them along with several Chesterfield crews and the Axmen Motorcycle Club to assist in any way we could, and to benefit from the words of advice they could offer us.