Cancer claims the life of area firefighter

Joe Killian served Clark County Fire District 6 for 26 years

Clark County Fire District 6 Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Killian, who served the District for 26 years, has lost his battle with cancer. Killian retired four years ago and was diagnosed shortly after with Multiple Myeloma — a cancer that is presumptive in the Fire Service.

Joe Killian
Joe Killian

A processional and memorial service are set for Tue., Jan. 18 at the Liberty Bible Church of the Nazarene, 12401 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver. The processional is scheduled to leave the Clark County Fairgrounds area shortly after 10 a.m. and the service is set for 11 a.m. 

Firefighter occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service, and January is Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. Like many agencies across the U.S., CCFD6 has made continual strides in reducing toxin and pollutant exposure. 

Firefighter Killian was a respected and well-liked member of this District. “Joe used to say that being a firefighter was the best job in the world,” says Fire Chief Kristan Maurer. “He loved it because he had the ability to turn a bad thing into a good thing,” she says.

There will be a live stream of the service, and the link to that stream will be available on the Fire District 6 website,

Information provided by Clark County Fire District 6.

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