SEYMOUR — The Carney Strong Initiative selected the town Fire Department as one of 30 departments nationwide to receive responder wipes that will help firefighters reduce their risk of developing cancer. The Fire Department met with representatives from Carney Strong on Friday, October 18 to receive the donation. Firefighters will use the wipes to decontaminate themselves immediately after fighting a fire. They may use them to clean their faces, necks and hands to remove carcinogens before they are able to properly shower and clean their equipment.
With this donation, the Fire Department hopes to keep its members safe and reduce their risk of receiving the dreaded cancer diagnosis. Multiple studies have demonstrated credible evidence for statistically higher rates of cancer among firefighters, including Leukemia, skin cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, brain cancer, testicular cancer and melanoma.
The Carney Strong Initiative was established to honor Battalion Chief Josh Carney who passed away from stage 4 melanoma at 41 years old in October 2017.
Mr. Carney began his fire service career in Connecticut before relocating to South Carolina where he moved up through the ranks.
He was diagnosed with cancer in June 2017 and had a short but valiant battle with the disease.
To continue his legacy, Mr. Carney’s family and friends made it their mission to raise awareness of firefighter occupational cancer.
His cousin, Kristine Munck, raised funds to donate decontamination wipes to Mr. Carney’s first department in North Haven.
Over the past two years, the organization has grown.
After making their donation, members of the Carney Strong Initiative had a chance to go for a ride with members of the department on Engine 13 and Rescue 12.
Those seeking further information on Carney Strong may visit www.carneystrong.org.