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  • Cancer: Killing Our Heroes
    Updated On: Mar 14, 2017

    Bucky Mock was diagnozed with Multiple Myeloma in 2012.

    Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Last year in South Carolina four  firefighters died in the line of duty. But that is not the leading cause of death in firefighters.  

    According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of death in firefighters at 63%.  But this battle may not be considered in the line of duty, despite what some studies show.  Some firefighters believe their love for the job, may be killing them.  73 year-old, Bucky Mock is one of them. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. He tells News 19, "I kinda figure what's gonna happen is what's gonna happen, and I will keep doing what I can until the inevitable."

    Mock has gone through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrrow transplant. But there is no cure for his type of cancer at this time. He tells News 19 about the moment he realized his love may be to blame.  He says, "There was a tag included in the gear. And they passed that around the room and on that tag it said wash your gear. They said cancer is the leading cause of death in firefighters. And multiple myeloma is one of the leading firefighter cancers."  Read more here.

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