Community supports fallen Sequoyah fire chief
The Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding agencies remembered the life and legacy of Chief Mike Brumlow Saturday.
Brumlow passed away on June 22nd after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.
Chief Brumlow was 51 years old, and he served his community for more than 30 years.
This benefit will help the family cover medical and funeral expenses.
“The chief for many years and he taught at Sequoyah at some point,” Lt. Liz Pierce, of the Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department, said. “He's done a lot with the skating rink, and he has been a staple of this community.”
Lieutenant Liz Pierce volunteers with the Mowbray Fire Department and worked many fires with Brumlow.
She remembers the last fire they fought together.
“We actually ran a large fire in Soddy-Daisy, and all of the agencies around came together and worked,” Pierce explained. “He wasn't feeling too well, and it was an ongoing issue.”
Brumlow did not have health insurance, and Pierce said that's why he put off going to the hospital.
He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
“Mike came up during the time about 20 or 30 years ago fighting fires, and the technology was a lot different, and people fight fires a lot different,” Pierce added. “They didn't necessarily take all of the safety precautions.”
Now, other fire departments have come together to host a benefit for Brumlow's family.
Community members participated in raffles and purchased items to go towards the fund.
Pierce said they haven't set an amount for the fundraiser.
“Without that financial contribution and all of the bills are rolling in from his extended stay in the hospital. It's going to be a long hard journey for them,” Pierce explained. “We want to raise as much as we can.”
Brumlow's legacy will continue at the Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department.
“His daughter has actually joined the department that he was the chief of since his passing to keep the name in the fire department,” Pierce said.
Heart conditions and cancer are the leading causes of death among firefighters.