A fire crew in Saskatchewan, Canada made an extraordinary decision when they came to know that their colleague had cancer.
To cover Tanner Brotzel's shifts so that he can undergo life-saving treatment and rest at home, the firefighters started pitching in which will enable Brotzel to receive his full pay and benefits.
After officials in the province's capital city of Regina told the firefighters that they could no longer work for Brotzel, these men's selfless actions have been brought to an abrupt ending after working for 7 months.
Brotzel, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, must either return to work or apply for long-term disability, said Regina Fire and Protective Services. But the cancer-stricken firefighter has decided to work as the disability benefits will not be sufficient as it covers only a small part of his pay, when they kicked in.
'We were notified this process would no longer happen. No more replacements. He would have to go on long-term disability or come back to work,' Brian Seidlik, Brotzel's platoon captain. 'Unfortunately, he is coming back to work. 'Seidlik added: 'A guy that I started with 32 years ago said that this is the first time he has been embarrassed to say that he's a firefighter, because of this action.'
Brotzel was devastated when he was diagnosed with cancer and told his platoon he must undergo grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatment. 'The members sat down and decided that they would work for him, and approached Tanner and said, 'Don't worry about it Tanner. We've got your shifts covered.' said Seidlik, who is also the president of the Regina Professional Fire Fighters Association, which has around 280 members.'I don't know if I'll ever be able to make it up to everybody,' Brotzel said for his team's action.
But the firefighters have now been told that they can no longer cover for Brotzel - with Fire Chief Ernie Polsom warning Brotzel may not be able to access his full benefits if they continue to do so.