Cancer takes life of Salem firefighter
McKenna, 54, was appointed to the Salem Fire Department in 2003 and rose through the ranks to the position of captain.
McKenna leaves behind his wife, Nancy, and two sons, Doug and Dan.
“He was appointed to the Salem Fire Department on January 26, 2003, and promoted through the ranks of paramedic, lieutenant, station officer, and captain/shift commander,” said Fire Chief Kevin Breen. “He was the rescue program coordinator at the New Hampshire Fire Academy for many years, a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Massachusetts Task Force 1, and a past member of the Keene and Westmoreland fire departments.”
“Steve touched many lives throughout his career, and his passing will leave a large void in the New Hampshire fire service community,” said Breen.
McKenna was diagnosed with the Stage 3 cancer and underwent intensive surgery where doctors removed sections of his duodenum, pancreas and stomach.
Firefighters from Salem and surrounding communities rallied around McKenna and held a number of fundraisers to help with his medical expenses.
“He told me he felt like he’s never worked a day in his life, because he loves every moment spent at the fire station,” Parisi firstname.lastname@example.org
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