100 Mile Firefighter Cancer Support Challenge
I spent 32 years in the California Fire Service, working with the California Division of Forestry, (now Cal Fire), The Orange County Fire Department, (now the Orange County Fire Authority) and the San Marcos Fire Department where I served as Department Chief up to my retirement in 2006. Shortly thereafter, I served on the first ever National Catastrophic Planning Team for the New Madrid Seismic Zone where I developed Catastrophic Response Plans for the State of Tennessee and FEMA R-IV. In 2010, I worked at the US Army Installation Management Command in Crystal City VA, assisting with army fire departments throughout the world. Since then, I have provided emergency management consulting services to various state agencies throughout the southeast United States as I have resided in Franklin Tennessee for the last 12 years. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with job related skin cancer, which is now in remission. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the start of the 2018 challenge, and my brother is a cancer survivor, but still struggles with the long-term effects of the treatment he received. When I take on the 2020 Challenge I will be 65 years old.
Thank you for considering a pledge. Together we can make a difference in addressing the issues of firefighter occupational cancer.
Larry Webb, Fire Chief Retired.
A Message from Chief Webb
July 13, 2020
For years I told the firefighters along side of me, that “It’s not the event, but the recovery that counts.” For years, we responded to some very bad situations, and each and every one of those situations, our firefighters were there to stabilize an event and begin the first step of recovery.
With the events we all face in our country, the first step will be recovery. It is time to think about that and realize we all face some kind of event in our lives. It may be big or it may be small, but that event is still personally important to you, your family, or your community. Whatever, that event or challenge is, it can be turned into the first step of recovery.
Currently, our Nation faces a big challenge right now on two fronts. Each one of these current events, Covid-19, and the civil unrest in our country has been impacting us all. But while that has been occurring, we all were still trying to begin the recovery or take on the challenge that is impacting us as individuals, separate and above what is happening in the country. Our fight of cancer in the fire service is still there. It is still very real, and it has taken its toll on many of our firefighter families.
While the media focuses on the events occurring in the Nation, our firefighters still wage the battle of cancer in the fire service. We cannot afford to down play or forget our own events and challenges that still exist. Firefighter cancer is still there. It has not gone away, and our firefighters and the departments in which they work still need our help. My message is clear. My second and final 100 miles has been interrupted, but it is not over. New dates have been set for May 14-21, 2021. I will be over 66 then. It will undoubtedly be a challenge, but a challenge worth taking, as with each mile you support, based on each mile I trek, will allow us to not forget that our help is still needed in preventing cancer in the fire service.
The goal for 2021 will remain the same. To raise $10,000 for the Carney Strong Initiative, named in honor of Battalion Chief Josh Carney who passed at the very early age of 41 from stage 4 melanoma cancer. Founded by his wife Lillian, their mission is to assist small and rural departments in being able to fund supplies needed for managing a cancer prevention and decontamination program. Please consider sponsoring the 2021 challenge with a tax deductible donation, and keep following and sharing the page to help get the word out.
“It’s not the event, but the recovery that counts.” Here is the link for making your pledge.