Firefighters For Joe
Organized by: Natalie Taylor
The Fire Service is an honorable calling, founded on mutual respect and trust between firefighters. As firefighters, we Serve our community selflessly, risking all for nothing in return, all in the name of Service. Amongst many skills necessary to perform our job, fighting fires leads our mission of Service. But, increasingly more, our fellow Firefighter Brothers and Sisters have been forced to take on an additional fight- cancer.
Firefighter Brother Joe Johnson has been called upon to take on this fight. With 27 years as a career firefighter and dedicated public Servant at McMahan Fire Department in Louisville, Kentucky, Joe took a position as the Director of 911 Communications for Shelby County, Kentucky in 2014. But soon, Joe’s health began to decline. After much searching for an answer, Joe was diagnosed with a very rare form of soft tissue cancer, Dedifferentiated Liposarcoma. This cancer occurs from exposure to certain types of chemicals, the very same chemicals firefighters face during specific types of fires.
Brother Joe has put on a courageous fight, battling this cancer with many visits to the hospital, two surgeries to remove large tumors, chemotherapy, and visits to the Mayo Clinic. But, just a few days ago, the doctor informed Joe that the cancer had spread beyond treatment. After a couple days at the hospital, Joe has decided to be home, surrounded by family. There he will rest- receiving prayers, love, and support until he is called to Serve in an even higher capacity. Meanwhile, Joe continues to exhibit the same bravery and values that we love and respect in our Firefighter Brother.
The Fire Service is a Family. While we take care of our community in times of difficulty, we must also take care of each other in those same times. Please wrap your arms around the Joe Johnson Family with prayers, support, and if able, a small monetary donation to ease the financial burdens caused by this fight.
On behalf of the Joe Johnson family, I thank you for your support during this most difficult and precious time.