Mar 27, 2014 10:31 PM by Lupita Murillo, Sarah-Jayne Simon
TUCSON - Tucson Fire Investigator Tom Quesnel was honored Thursday morning in a special ceremony.
Quesnel died last week after battling leukemia, which he developed on the job.
Quesnel was remembered at The Memorial Plaza at Fire Central which is dedicated to firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Union President, Roger Tamietti, said firefighters have a rate of cancer 20 times higher than the general population. "It's not uncommon for us to have these kinds of line of duty deaths based on the exposures we've had over a period of time," Tamietti said.
Quesnel spent the last 20 years investigating nearly 3,000 fires where he was exposed to many chemicals and gases. He was accompanied on many of his investigations by his two arson dogs, Sully and Keda, who were also exposed at the ground level and died early on from cancer due to the constant exposure.