A Washington firefighter who died of of lymphoma is being considered for a “line of duty” death classification.

47-year-old James Hendryx of the Bremerton Fire Department died on Tuesday from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his union reported. The illness is presumed to have been caused by his profession as a firefighter, namely inhaling toxic fumes and smoke.

While the union and Bremerton Fire Chief Al Duke believes it was a LOD death, the state will have to make the final determination. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is reportedly listed as considered caused in the line of duty death investigations.

Hendryx became a firefighter in 1995, eventually transferring to BFD in 1997.

A member of the Puget Sound Firefighters Pipes and Drums, Hendryx was an avid bagpiper.
Unfortunately, his lungs were likely damaged from his duties as a firefighters. Not long ago, firefighters didn’t wear masks outside of entering a burning building.

“Nowadays, we use our mask even if we only think there might be smoke,” Chief Duke said, adding that bunker gear is also no longer taken off near a firefighter’s living quarters. “We want to be as safe as possible.”

According to the Kitsap Sun, the last line-of-duty death among Bremerton’s city workforce occurred in August 2007.

 

© 2017 Bright Mountain Media, Inc. All rights reserved. The content of this webpage may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written consent of Bright Mountain Media, Inc. which may be contacted at info@brightmountainmedia.com, ticker BMTM.