Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others

April 16, 2015 11:32 AM

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Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others

Firefighter Clive Savacool battled his final blaze, a grass fire in Pittsburg, California, in March 2014. He collapsed after a few hours on the scene and spent the next couple days in a hospital.

"Up until that point, grass fires hadn't bothered me," said Savacool, 37, of Martinez, California, recalling how his pulmonary doctor later concluded that cumulative toxic exposures during 18 years of fire service had given him career-ending lung disease.

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