BC Josh Carney’s Family is Working to Mitigate Firefighter Occupational Cancer
North Haven, Connecticut – March 31, 2018 – Josh Carney, a Battalion Chief with Midway Fire Rescue in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, was just 41 years old when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma cancer in June 2017. This aggressive cancer claimed Josh’s life four months later. While he understood the well-known risks of being a firefighter, what Carney and his family didn’t understand was the hidden danger of firefighter occupational cancer. His diagnosis stemmed from his nearly two-decade career as a firefighter.
To continue Josh’s legacy, his family has made it their mission to raise awareness of firefighter occupational cancer. Lillian, Josh’s wife, stated, “I do not want another wife at Midway, or another wife anywhere to have to be handed the folded flag that was once on her husband’s casket.”
His cousin, Kristine Munck, worked to raise funds to purchase Responder Wipes, on-scene decontamination wipes, which will be donated to the North Haven, Connecticut Fire Department. North Haven FD, a combination career and volunteer department, is the family’s hometown department, where Josh started his career, and where his best friend is still a firefighter. Munck raised over $1,000 allowing her to purchase enough wipes to supply the department for over a year.
Once Responder Wipes learned of Kristine’s efforts to honor BC Carney, they partnered with the Carney family to launch the “Carney Strong” Initiative. Working through the non-profit, Brothers Helping Brothers, the initiative will select one volunteer or small municipal fire department each month through the end of the year to provide decontamination products and cancer prevention and educational materials to.
In addition to Responder Wipes providing decontamination wipes, Solutions Safety Products and Services will participate by donating CitroSqueeze gear cleaner and SC-14 tool and equipment cleaner. Last Line of Cancer Defense will be donating activated charcoal soap to use when showering after a fire and Overhaul, a natural supplement to aid in the detoxification after exposure.
Unfortunately, the Carney family is not the only one to lose their loved one to firefighter occupational cancer. Robby Brannon, a firefighter with Goose Creek City Fire Department in South Carolina lost his battle to Stage 4 Melanoma, with his passing also coming just months after his diagnosis in 2017 when he was 44 years old.
The Carney family’s hope is that Josh’s and Robby’s legacy will live on through the firefighters and departments they bring cancer awareness and prevention tools to. Together these partners believe in mitigating the firefighter occupational cancer risk to ensure that everyone goes home.
To donate to the Carney Strong Initiative, please go to www.brothershelpingbrothers.org/carney-strong-initiative.
Name: Kristine Munck
About Brothers Helping Brothers
Many fire departments struggle to obtain the proper tools and equipment to effectively do their job. Brothers Helping Brothers is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization that assists small and/or rural fire departments obtain vital tools and lifesaving equipment through their grant program.
Name: Nick Magoteaux, Founder/Co-Executive Director
About Responder Wipes
Responder Wipes is dedicated to ensuring first responders minimize their risk of developing cancer from exposure to toxins, carcinogens, and contaminants in the line of duty. They are committed to providing quality on-scene decontamination wipes that are designed specifically for first responders.
Name: Tonya Cronin, President
About Solutions Safety Products & Services, Inc.
For over 20 years, Solutions Safety has proudly delivered the fire service industry with Citro Squeeze, today’s most widely used turnout, bunker gear, and PPE cleaner in North America to safely remove hydrocarbons from sensitive fabrics and surfaces. Now included in the SC products family is SC-14 to clean tools, equipment, apparatus, and work surfaces.
Name: Jim Evans, President
About Last Line of Cancer Defense
Last Line of Cancer Defense is a firefighter owned and operated company devoted to help prevent occupational cancer in the fire service through products, consultation, and education.
Name: Joseph Wallace, President