Demorest firefighter loses courageous fight against cancer

Demorest firefighter loses courageous fight against cancer
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Assistant Demorest Fire Chief Jerry Palmer has been in the fire services for decades. He’s faced a lot of tough assignments in his day, but none more heart-rending or challenging than what he now faces.

Palmer is planning the funeral of a young firefighter who passed away over the weekend after a short but courageous battle with cancer. On June 21, doctors diagnosed Garrett Reiser with glioblastoma, an aggressive and lethal brain cancer. On Sunday night, September 11, he passed away.

Gone too soon

“We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know it was coming with only a few hour’s notice,” says Palmer, expressing the pain and shock Reiser’s colleagues felt at hearing the news.

Though just 22, Garrett Reiser had worked with the Demorest Fire Department for over five years. He was known as a hard worker, selfless, kind, and positive. He was the type of person anyone would be blessed to call a friend.

“I saw a side of the kid that was just unbelievable in the face of…

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