LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— A memorial service is being planned for an active duty Lafayette firefighter who died from complications of liver cancer.
Fifty-two-year-old Sergeant John Butler passed away yesterday after a five year battle with cancer. Members of the fire department drove to Methodist Hospital escorted his body to Soller Baker Funeral home this morning.
Lafayette Fire Chief, Richard Doyle, said Butler would come into work regardless of his health condition.
"Just over the past five years of him struggling with cancer, he missed very few days of work and was going through a tremendous amount of treatment. It was just an example of who he was," Doyle said.
The fire department only has five firefighters who have died while on active duty. Butler will be honored with a plaque inside fire station one.
Butler's funeral is scheduled for next Monday or Tuesday. Doyle wants the community to keep the department and Butler's family in their prayers.