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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Helping a PGFD Fire Lieutenant and Family

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us     @PGFDPIO

As most of you know Lt. Chris Hill was diagnosed with cancer. In December of 2014 Chris began to experience headaches and loss of coordination while at work. He was transported to Georgetown Hospital and Doctors found that Chris had a Glioblastoma Tumor in his brain for which they performed emergency surgery that night to remove the tumor. Over the next 11 months he underwent numerous Chemo and Radiation treatments.  After his last round of treatment, everything appeared to be in the clear and his Doctors informed him that he was in remission. The family was elated that this last 11 months of struggle was finally behind them and things were finally looking up. That sense of hope was shattered two weeks later when during a routine scan the Doctors found that Chris’s cancer had returned and was much more aggressive this time. This form of cancer has been directly linked to firefighting. I implore you to please take the time to research this disease. The median survival rate is 2 to 3 years. With Chris’s having already returned less than a year after his initial diagnoses that time frame is more than likely even less. Chris has served this department for the last 14 years, graduating from CRS 31. He is a husband and father to an 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy. He and his family are now facing the unimaginable truth that at most they will have 2 years left with him. I feel it is more important than ever to pull together as a union and do everything we can for Chris and his family at this time. I feel we have an obligation in times like this to assist one of our own and their family during their time of need. I am asking that anyone wearing or that has ever worn the uniform to step up and help out. We should come together now to help this family financially so they will not have to bear that additional burden every day. A page has been set up below for donations for which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Chris and his family. I am donating 4 hours of overtime pay to Chris and his family and I would like to challenge the rest of the union members to do the same. I understand this might not be possible for everyone, so I encourage any other donation amount possible. This hits home as it could be any one of us throughout the course of our careers. Thank you for your time and generosity, please contact me if you need any additional information.


Thank you,
Russell Poe