Former Spokane Valley Fire Captain dies from firefighting-related cancer
The Spokane Valley Fire Department announced Friday that its former captain, Tim Cruger, died on Monday from cancer caused by exposure to toxic smoke on the job.
Cruger’s death is deemed a Line of Duty Death by the Washington State occupational disease laws, according to a Facebook post from Spokane Valley Fire Department. A memorial service is planned for the beginning of February, and the Spokane Valley Fire Department will release more information in coming days.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department hired Cruger in 1986 as a firefighter. During his 29-year career he served as engineer, lieutenant and captain. He retired in 2015.
Cruger was diagnosed with kidney cancer soon after he retired, and the cancer metastasized to his colon, lungs, and brain, according to the post.
His father, Melvin Cruger, a former captain of Spokane Fire Department, died on Dec. 6.