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Community rallies behind Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department Chief diagnosed with cancer

Chief Mike Brumlow of the Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department. (Courtesy: WTVC)

After more than 15 years as a firefighter with the Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Mike Brumlow is now facing a new fight.

Not long ago, Chief Brumlow was diagnosed with a distal esophagus.

He described it to NewsChannel 9 as "a cancer mass that has grown on the inside of my esophagus due to acid reflux."

The diagnosis comes as Chief Brumlow finds himself in between jobs and without insurance.

"What a terrible time for this to happen to me because now I'm liable for everything that I've accumulated in bills now," Chief Brumlow said.

His fellow firefighters are now doing everything in their power to correct that.

"We're all trying to pull together right now just to support him and his family," Zackary Coppinger said.

Coppinger has been a volunteer under Chief Brumlow for just over two years and is one of the many firefighters now helping support the Chief and his family financially and emotionally.

The Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department opened an account at the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for people to donate to Brumlow's fight.

"When something like this happens we always try to help each other out so we know he would do it for us so we need to do it for him," Coppinger said.

If you'd like to contribute, you can go to any TVFCU branch and tell them you'd like to contribute to the fund for Mike Brumlow.

Buddy's Home Furnishings in Soddy-Daisy is also holding a car wash on May 26th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - all of the proceeds will go to Brumlow and his family.

Brulow finds out on Friday whether or not the cancer has spread to different parts of his body.

He will then follow up with an oncologist to determine a course of treatment which could include any combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

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