Cancer: Asheville firefighters face job danger even deadlier than fire
CLOSE Cancer is now the leading cause of duty-related death for firefighters. The Asheville Fire Department is working to help reduce the risk.
ASHEVILLE - Will Willis signed up to fight fires and save lives as a volunteer at age 16.
Now 33, a husband and father of four, the Asheville Fire Department engineer has lived every day since then hyperaware of the job’s rewards and its deadly risks. He has dodged countless encounters with death, from smothering flames and smoke, to hazardous chemical spills to a bullet missing his heart by inches.
All in a day’s work.
But the job hazard Willis did... read more