Kurt Strand, forty six, of Alexandria, died lower than a yr in the past after a tough fought battle with colon and liver most cancers.
Each males had at the least one factor in widespread — they have been each firefighters.
Schaffran belonged to the Brandon Hearth Division and Strand was a member of the close by Forada Hearth Division.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke with Cheryl Schaffran and Becky Strand, the widows of the 2 firefighters, Wednesday afternoon on the Alexandria Hearth Division.
Klobuchar was in Alexandria to debate her bipartisan invoice to determine a nationwide most cancers registry for firefighters with members of the Alexandria Hearth Division, together with Hearth Chief Jeff Karrow, and others, together with Mayor Sara Carlson, Police Chief Rick Wyffels, Metropolis Councilmen Todd Jensen and State Hearth Marshal Bruce West.
The Klobuchar-backed laws would set up a nationwide registry to watch and monitor the connection between firefighters’ publicity to fumes and toxins and their most cancers diagnoses. Analysis has indicated a robust connection between firefighting and an elevated danger for a number of main cancers.
After listening to the tales from the 2 widows, together with a narrative of being a most cancers survivor from former Alexandria Hearth Marshal Dennis Stark, Klobuchar stated, “There is a cause why I’m right here. By establishing the registry, we will attempt to resolve this. We have seen and heard tales like this everywhere in the state.”
Knowledge collected from the registry can be used to tell the diagnoses and remedy of firefighters, in addition to prevention methods important to minimizing the danger of most cancers amongst firefighters.
“Once you see the numbers, you consider there’s one thing happening,” stated Klobuchar, including that she discovered that a hearth division in Albert Lea had three of its sixteen members recognized with some type of most cancers.
Karrow talked about that within the final two and a half years, the division has had 5 funerals of firefighters of their 40s who’ve died from most cancers and that six of the final seven firefighters who retired from the Alexandria Hearth Division died after battling some sort of most cancers.
“Why is that this occurring?” requested Klobuchar. “Is there one thing within the constructing supplies? Is there totally different gear for firefighters? What about early testing? We have to get the details and the volunteer registry can do this.”
Becky Strand stated testing can be nice.
“Kurt left behind his three daughters,” Strand stated. “However he liked being a firefighter. He liked being with individuals. Even together with his…