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    • The untimely passing of Retired Firefighter Michael P. McNulty, Sr. has saddened everyone who knew him. For 14 years of his 30 year career, he supported the efforts of partner Cindy and the work to extinguish firefighter cancer.

      Donations in Mike's memory may be made to the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation at an organization that meant so much to him. Proceeds support research, programs and services for First Responders and their families affected by cancer. 

      To make a donation merely click on the Donate Button in the left column of our website. 

      Christopher Foley-Secretary 

      Michael Paul McNulty, Sr., age 64 of Wilmington, DE passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Deland, FL. Mike was born in Pittston, PA on November 8, 1951 to Estelle (Dolbow) and Paul McNulty. He graduated from Christiana High School in 1970. Mike served in the Delaware Army National Guard after high school. Employed by the City of Wilmington, Mike’s career featured over 30 years of public service as a firefighter with retirement in July of 2014. He was past president of the Wilmington Professional Firefighters Local 1590 and the Greater Delaware Valley Professional Firefighters Association. He was also a long-time member of the Defiance Athletic Association. An avid golfer Mike loved spending time on the links with his friends.

      Mike was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his life partner, Cindy Ell; three children, Molly, Maggie, Michael, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Carol; brother Gregory McNulty and wife Berni and their four children; former wife and friend Mary Lou; and many other loving family members and great friends. He drew great joy from spending time with the loves of his life, his five grandchildren, Alexa Cruz, Adriana and Jayden Gonzalez, and Stella and Lucas McNulty.

      A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 800 S Clayton St, Wilmington, DE, at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may call beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation (via PayPal @ www.ffcancer.org) P.O. Box 1640, DeLand FL, 32721 or St. Elizabeth School, 1500 Cedar St, Wilmington, DE, 19805.

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      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.

      The Interagency Board recently released a report entitled: Recommended Actions Related to Reducting the Known Risk of Cancer in Fire Fighters.  Click on the logo below to download this report.

      While no silver bullet for cancer prevention, barrier hoods are a great step in that direction.

      In February 2014 we wrote that protective hoods are the most vulnerable area of the firefighter's ensemble. That's because hoods lack any type of barrier characteristics to keep out the superfine particles that absorb a variety of hazardous chemicals including carcinogens.

      This shortcoming was coupled with NIOSH studies and other research showing carcinogen buildup on firefighters' skin, particularly on the neck and face areas unprotected by the SCBA face piece. Further, that skin absorbs chemicals easily around a person's jaw line led to the obvious conclusion that current-day hoods have little effectiveness in keeping out soot.

      Then in January 2015, we assisted the IAFF with a study to show how much particle penetration takes place throughout the entire structural firefighting ensemble. After that, there could be no doubt that the hood is one of the serious gaps in firefighter protection that needs to be solved.  Read more here.

      Efforts to improve the health and safety of First Responders continues with the launch of the IFCF Decontamination Matrix and the First Wash First Responder Decontamination Shower.

      The Fire Service continues to identify the importance of prompt removal of harmful soot (toxins & carcinogens) from Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) and one's body following a working
      incident. The IFCF continues to research and provide solutions for reducing First Responder exposure to cancer-causing agents.
       
      To see these efforts and more, visit the IFCF at FDIC International 2016 Booth #5363 or email info@ffcancer.org. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

      This info is available in our Download Section of Member Resources
       


      What's New at Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation

      IFCF Urges Firefighters to Reduce Exposure to Harmful Materials

      Every time a firefighter enters a burning building, he or she is subjected to scores of carcinogens and other health hazards. Then they carry the toxins back to the station and even to their homes.

      That’s a familiar scenario that members of the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation wants to change. The organization’s Virginia chapter held an April 7 seminar in Leesburg to highlight cutting-edge approaches to curbing the high rate of cancer among first responders.  Read more here.

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