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Firefighters mourn the passing of retired Yakima Fire Captain

Photo: City of Yakima Fire Department

YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Fire Department is saying goodbye to their retired fire captain, Bob Burton, who passed away on Christmas.

Captain Burton died due to complications from job-related cancer, according to a YFD news release.

Burton's battle with cancer began with Melanoma in 1997 and then in 2006 firefighters said he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Bob started his career with the department in 1984 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993, according to a YFD Facebook update.

He then worked his way to becoming the Training Captain and Acting Battalion Chief when needed in 2006 before his retirement in 2011.

Following retirement, his cancer battle continued when another melanoma spot was found and removed in December of 2105.

His cancer returned as stage 4 in his brain and lungs in December of 2016.

Bob passed away Christmas Day 2017, according to the update.

A memorial service for Captain Burton was held at the Stone Church in Yakima, on the afternoon of February 9.

Speakers from multiple fire agencies attended to honor the retired Captain.

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