Garrett Reiser is a firefighter. It’s a title you don’t come by easily. It requires hours of vigorous training to get certified and nerves of steel to run into places others are fleeing. Firefighters know how to deal with threats; their lives and the lives of others depend on it. But when that threat is internal – a disease that no one saw coming – it can take them to their knees.
That’s where Demorest Fire Capt. Payton Cagle found himself recently upon learning that his firefighting partner and buddy Garrett Reiser has stage 4 brain cancer.
“At 3 in the morning when his mom called me, it was like a bad dream. After I straightened up and got my mind right, I asked him ‘How are you?’ He said, ‘Man, I’m not worrying about myself.’ He’s worried about everybody else. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
On June 21, doctors diagnosed Garrett with a high-grade glioma. Since then, he’s undergone surgery. Cagle says the doctors removed 90%…