action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE1411 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE1411 | zoneID:45
June 02. 2013 9:58PM

Rallying around

Salem firefighters rally around captain as he battles cancer


Salem Fire Captain Steve McKenna (COURTESY)

SALEM — The comrades of a longtime Salem firefighter are standing behind him as he embarks on the battle of his life.

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.

“It’s been a really rough road,” Assistant Fire Chief Paul Parisi said on Thursday.

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.

Parisi said his longtime coworker, a married father of two young adults, has remained positive throughout the ordeal, and returned to the fire station after he recovered from his initial surgeries.

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.

“The prognosis isn’t looking good,” Parisi said.

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.

A devoted firefighter who continued to commute to Salem after he and his wife had long moved into their dream home in Westmoreland, Parisi described his friend as someone who truly loves his firefighter brothers and sisters.

“We were talking on the phone the other day and something he said really struck me,” Parisi said. “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.”

The Salem Fire Department is selling T-shirts to assist the McKenna family with medical expenses.

The shirts are $20 each and can be purchased by contacting Phil MacCallum at 490-1118 or Chris Geras at 475-4680. Orders may also be sent via email to Fran Enos at Fenos43@gmail.com.

A celebration fundraiser honoring McKenna will take place Saturday, June 29, at the Radisson/Center of N.H. in Manchester from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $20 each, and the evening will feature raffles, a cash bar and sales of T-shirts, helmet stickers, bumper stickers and wristbands. For more information, contact Ryan Gott at 540-6917.

aguilmet@newstote.com


 Coming Salem area events

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

 
Arts & Entertainment
Family, Community and Culture
Outdoors, Sports and Recreation

Contact Information

The Salem Observer
100 William Loeb Drive
Manchester, NH 03109

Circulation
Neighborhood News publications can be found at a newsstand near you here.

Ph: 603-206-7800
Fax: 603-206-7801

News, Obituaries, & Social Announcements
editor@yourneighborhoodnews.com

Sports
sports@yourneighborhoodnews.com

Christine Heiser, Executive Editor
cheiser@yourneighborhoodnews.com
Ph: 603-206-7811

Advertising
Email ads to art@yourneighborhoodnews.com
Classified advertising: 603-669-1010
Display advertising: 603-206-7800 x264

Rate card | Ad Order | Credit application

Calendar Listings
Please use our online form at www.nh365.org

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!