Unified Fire mourns loss of retired firefighter who died of cancer

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Unified Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after a retired firefighter died of cancer.

In a post on the Unified Fire Facebook, “Chris Cage passed away after a difficult battle with cancer, attributed to his rescue and recovery efforts of 9/11.”

“Chris was a responding member of Utah Task Force 1 who was an active part of the search and rescue effort at ground zero after 9/11,” said Unified Fire spokesperson Matt McFarland.

Price City Fire Chief, and former Unified Fire firefighter, Fitzgerald Petersen said Chris was devoted to everything he did.

“He devoted himself (like many) to service to others. He donated his time to us for over 20 years. He gave honor to over 100 deceased public safety families all on his own time, fire/police/military,” state Petersen in a post on his Facebook. “If you didn’t know I honor Honor Guards. Now we will honor Chris Cage but we could never repay him. If you are on any public safety Honor Guard, the rest of us could never repay you either. Life is duty.”

Right now Chris’ cancer is currently presumed to be correlated to his time at ground zero.

According to WebMD:

“There is no evidence of an epidemic of cancer. There is evidence of increased risk for certain cancers among WTC-exposed responders,” said lead author Moshe Shapiro, a biostatistician with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

“There are lots of different things that were in that dust cloud, many of which are known to be harmful,” said study co-author Dr. Henry Sacks, a professor of environmental health and public health with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Chris spent 31 years serving Unified Fire Department and retired in September of 2016.

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