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Waldport firefighter stays positive in face of cancer

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

Members of the Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue District wearing T-shirts reading, “Jiah’s Brigade,” surround Jiah Quayle in front of the Waldport fire station. The volunteer firefighter was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, and a cancerous tumor was found on the arch of his left foot. He underwent surgery to have his foot amputated below the knee last month. COCFR is selling the T-shirts to raise money to help out with Quayle’s medical expenses. (Photo by Abbie Tumbleson)

WALDPORT — Jiah Quayle joined the Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue District (COCFR) as a volunteer firefighter five years ago.

His kids were still too young to play sports, and he wanted something to do with his free time. Firefighting has grown into a passion for Quayle, and he even signed on to the fire district’s executive board in January.

Physical fitness and mobility are crucial parts of the job, and now Quayle will have to do it all without a foot.

The 34-year-old firefighter, general contractor, little league coach and father of four, with another baby on the way, received some shocking news in April when he was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma and a cancerous tumor was discovered on his left foot.

“I noticed a small lump (on the bottom of my foot) and my foot was sore,” he said. “I had thought I had just injured it at work or on our house that we just finished building,” he said.

For the complete article see the 06-04-2014 issue.

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