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South King firefighter dies from cancer, to be honored as Line of Duty Death

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
July 22, 2012 3:03 pm

Former firefighter John Moncrief, 59, died from cancer late Saturday night, which South King Fire and Rescue said will be recognized as a Line of Duty Death.

The cancer was the result of exposure to combustion-related toxins throughout Moncrief’s 22-year career, South King fire said.

He retired in 2011 and was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer several months later.

South King firefighters had a blood drive to support Moncrief earlier this month, to replace blood transfusions needed for Moncrief’s treatment.

He was an excellent teacher and was respected by those at his South Des Moines station, as well as surrounding departments, South King fire said in a statement Sunday.

Moncrief is survived by his wife and two children.

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