Robby Brannon spent 25 years doing what gave him purpose in life…firefighting. His life was cut short by a risk of his passion that has only come to light in recent years and remains widely unknown and still in very early stages of research. Shortly after his 44th birthday Robby was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma. It was at this point that he, and those who loved him, learned the severity of the cancer risk associated with firefighting. During his short, but hard fight against cancer he often spoke of his concern for volunteer firefighters because they lack resources such as medical insurance, training and equipment. While Robby’s body ached in pain and personal fears were mounting, he was still more concerned about the safety of others. As Robby’s 45th birthday nears on May 26th his family would like to offer the opportunity to anyone that so chooses to join us in providing what we intend to be an annual gift of preventative care products through BrothersHelpingBrothers in Robby’s honor to a volunteer fire department that was very dear to him, Durbin Creek Fire and Rescue. We will continue our efforts to raise awareness, fight for protective legislation, ask for increased municipality funding, and push for research for ALL firefighters, but this particular fund will always remain an annual birthday gift to those Robby held dear…”station 14er at heart.”
Robby Brannon Fund
About the Author: Nick Magoteaux is the Co-Executive Director and President of Brothers Helping Brothers. Nick has over 15 years of experience in public safety and is a student of the fire service. Nick has studied leadership extensively over the last few years and is always trying to find something new to introduce to his local fire service brothers.