Everett, MA - On Wednesday, the Everett Firefighter Force lost their beloved female firefighter to occupational cancer.
Susan Pipitone, age 56, was the only has woman on the #Everett Firefighter Force. Today, #Massachusetts mourns another hero, as her year-long battle with occupational cancer has come to a sad end. As of yesterday, she no longer had to suffer through the pain of this dreadful disease which has touched so many of us. Pipitone served the Everett Firefighter Force since 1933.
After her long fight with the disease, Chief Anthony Carli came forward to tell the locals that Pipitone had fought the good fight and that she was a very strong woman. The entire force stated that it was a very sad day, learning of her passing. She drove Engine 1 for over 12 years with Chief Carli by her side.
Chief Carli would like it to be publicly known that as of last week, Governor Charlie Baker has declared occupational cancer to be a real health issue for firefighters. Governor Baker went as far as signing a law to declare the cancer a health issue.
Statistically speaking, firefighters are diagnosed with cancer at an overwhelmingly higher rate than that of the public. Firefighters today try their best to protect themselves and their team members from the hazards and health issues that their occupation can send their way, but the reality of the situation is that not every hazard or health issue can be avoided.
As far as cancer risks go, firefighters can potentially have a 9% increase in cancer diagnoses and a 14% increase in related deaths compared to the public.
During this troubling time for Pipitone’s family, the entire Firefighters Force has been helping her wife with arrangements and anything necessary to make the wake and funeral easier on her. Though Carli states that Pipitone’s wife is a strong woman, too, the force still wants to be able to help in any way that they can. Carli actually stated that the fire service is a family and that whether the firefighter is alive or passed, the force will always be there for its’ family members.
The wake for Susan Pipitone will be held tomorrow, August 3, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rocco Salvatore & Sons Funeral Home in Everett. The funeral service will be the following morning at 10 a.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery.