Windsor Star: ‘Big-hearted’ firefighter Chris Parent dies at age 46 after lengthy cancer battle

Kidney cancer is one of about a dozen types of cancer that are considered presumptive for an Ontario firefighter, meaning they’re presumed to have been caused by exposures in the workplace and the firefighter doesn’t have to prove it to get WSIB coverage. But to qualify, you have to have 20 years as a firefighter and Chris had just 13 when he was diagnosed, said his good friend and fellow Windsor firefighter Andre Gingras. He said his firefighters union will be fighting to get benefits for his family covered. Kidney cancer was added to the list of presumptive cancers for firefighters in 2014. “It’s one of the on-the-job cancers,” he said. “We feel he should be covered for sure.”

Article: ‘Big-hearted’ firefighter Chris Parent dies at age 46 after lengthy cancer battle
Author: Brian Cross
Date: June 3, 2020