Firefighters didn’t worry about getting cancer when Tim Downes joined the Syracuse Fire Department in 1985.

He’d wear a helmet and other gear caked in soot, carbon and other toxic residue from fires and think nothing of it. “You were supposed to be salty,” he says.

But in 2008 Downes was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the body’s germ fighting network.
– PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE:
Source: SEAFC National Fire News

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