Hampton firefighter loses battle with cancer, fellow first responders remember legacy
HAMPTON - A New Hampshire firefighter lost his battle with cancer over the weekend.
Kyle Jameson leaves behind a wife and a newborn baby, but it’s his legacy of health awareness and the support of the state's fire departments that will be remembered.
“I'll never forget he texted me and he said, 'Hey want to hear something messed up?' But he told me that he had been diagnosed,” said Laconia Firefighter Rick Hewlett.
A close friend and fellow firefighter, Hewlett said he remembers Kyle Jameson from their days as students in Laconia.
“You never really understand the magnitude of this until it happens to someone close to you,” he said.
Kyle Jameson in a video created with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation before he passed.
“I knew something was wrong. I didn’t think it would be cancer,” he says.
In the video, doctors determined his lifestyle, risking his life for others, running into burning buildings may have accelerated his type of cancer known as T-PLL (T Cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia).
“She was not in a panic, but she was pretty adamant that my labs were off and that I shouldn’t be working as a firefighter anymore,” recalls Jameson in the video.
Treatment was long and expensive, but fire departments across New Hampshire jumped in to help out. Fundraisers - like cutting hair and going to chemo - became regular as Jameson tried to live his life with his wife and son.
“I wish it turned out differently but it’s been an honor to be a part of this with the state of NH and I know their needs will be taken care off to the best of the department’s ability,” said Hewlett.
NH1 News spoke to Jameson's wife, Christine, who was not ready to speak on camera she did pass along information as to where donations can be directed.
Visit Portsmouth Fire Fighter Charitable Association and you can make an online donation to PFFCA.
The Halligan Tavern is also hosting an event originally scheduled to raise funds for Jameson’s cancer treatment.
The event will still be held on May 25, and proceeds will benefit Jameson’s wife and son.