By Anne O’Brien
WSMR Fire Department
While others run away from burning buildings, firefighters run towards them to save life and property. A firefighter’s call of duty is not just in emergency situations, but whenever the community needs assistance.
The White Sands Missile Range International Association of Firefighters Local F-294 was able to answer that call by donating to the treatment of Tanner Trevino. Tanner was recently diagnosed with cancer of the appendix, which is extremely rare. He attends the Child Development Center at WSMR, and his mother and godmother are part of the WSMR family, both working on the installation. Described as a loving child, Tanner loves wearing his cowboy boots, and is smiling ear to ear every time he spots a fire truck. Tanner has just begun his treatment, but he has more than medicine to help fight his battle. He has the whole WSMR Fire Department standing right beside him, ready to support him every step of the way.
“It is the nature of firefighters to want to help, both on and off duty,” said Dusty Warden, WSMR firefighter and President of IAFF Local F-294. “After hearing Tanner’s story, we knew that he would need as much support as possible. We are going to stand right beside Tanner as he bravely continues to fight the rare form of cancer for which he suffers from.”
A 5K fundraiser has been organized to help Tanner’s family with medical bills. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces. For more information call (575) 635-7012.