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FAMILY OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTER ANNOUNCES CARNEY STRONG INITIATIVE

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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.

 

Contact

Name:  Kristine Munck

Phone:  203-980-4346

Email:   kristine715@comcast.com

 

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

Phone:  937-999-1355

Email:   nmagoteaux@brothershelpingbrothers.org

 

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

Phone:  407-910-8888

Email:   Tonya@ResponderWipes.com

 

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

Phone:  888-270-4237

Email:   jime@solutionssafety.com

 

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

Phone:  888-380-0210

Email:   Joseph@LLOCD.com

About Nick Magoteaux (3 Articles)
Nick Magoteaux is the founder and Co-Executive Director of Brothers Helping Brothers, a 501c3 nonprofit that helps small and rural fire departments with equipment through their grant program. Nick also serves as a Lieutenant with the Bethel Township Fire Department in Miami County, Ohio, a firefighter/AEMT with Harrison Township in Montgomery County, Ohio and Jefferson Township in Montgomery County, Ohio. He is also a Communications Specialist for Premier Health CareFlight Air and Mobile Services. Nick has over 15 years of public safety experience.

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