Salem firefighters rally around captain as he battles cancer
Diagnosed with intestinal cancer several years ago, Salem Fire Capt. Steve McKenna has experienced a devastating series of setbacks over the course of his illness.
A Salem native, McKenna was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2009. After recovering from intensive surgery, where doctors removed sections of his duodenum, pancreas and stomach, the fire captain endured several rounds of chemotherapy.
More recently, however, McKenna’s cancer has returned — first in his lungs and then to his liver — and McKenna has been on medical leave since this past February.
McKenna has worked for the Salem Fire Department since 2003. Before that, he served as a firefighter in Keene. Over the years, he has held active roles as firefighter, officer, N.H. Fire Academy instructor and member of FEMA MA-FF1.
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