Shin­ing a light

Higher can­cer risks for fire­fight­ers iden­ti­fied

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Joe Zurolo Sr. is not un­like many of his col­leagues in the fire ser­vice: he con­tin­ues to serve his com­mu­nity through the lo­cal fire com­pany even af­ter re­tir­ing af­ter 36 years as a deputy in the Of­fice of

CECIL COUNTY

the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal.

And he also pays a price for his years of ser­vice, now di­ag­nosed with chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease, or COPD.

“It’s a di­rect re­sult of in­hal­ing a lot of smoke over the years,” Zurolo, 68, said. “As a deputy fire mar­shal, you’ve got to in­ves­ti­gate the fire. You can’t say, ‘Well there’s smoke. I’ll come back.’”

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Joe Zurolo, first vice pres­i­dent of Singerly Fire Com­pany and a re­tired state fire mar­shal, be­lieves his nearly four decades of ser­vice is the rea­son he is suf­fer­ing from chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease to­day.

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