Just lost one of our longtime Captains at my combination department today to cancer. He was moved to a hospice facility less than 2 weeks ago, so we knew this was coming.
Captain Merritt had 20 plus years in the fire service as a volunteer with about 10 at the rank of Captain. He also worked full-time for several years in the EMS field.
His son was hired as a Shreveport firefighter a little more than a year ago. He is still a volunteer with my department.
His wife was moved into the same hospice facility a week ago for cancer as well, and likely will also pass in the very near future.
Please keep his family in your prayers