MESA, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) — Family and friends remember a Mesa firefighter who died on the job. Trevor Madrid lost a two-and-a-half-year battle with work-related cancer this week.
“He made everyone feel special. You can’t find a person who met him or didn’t love him from the first minute they met him,” said Steve Heyer, his captain and friend.
In 2019, he was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer found in soft tissue. The Mesa Fire Department said exposure at work caused Madrid to fall ill. Heyer was in the hospital room with Madrid when he got the devastating news. Just two days earlier, Madrid and his wife found out they were having their second child.
(Source: Mesa Fire Department)
“So it was joy and then heartache all in one,” Heyer said. “That power carried them through the next two and a half years.”
Even in the darkest days of Madrid he brought joy to others. Madrid made TikTok videos documenting his cancer journey. With more than 200,000 followers and more than 4 million likes, he became a source of inspiration.
“He had relationships with kids ages four to five, to adults who are fighting cancer like him,” Heyer says.
Madrid died on Sunday surrounded by loved ones. Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday ordered that all flags at state buildings in front of Madrid be flown at half-mast. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Madrid’s family during this time.
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