SPOKANE, Wash.--A public memorial on July 8th will honor a Spokane firefighter who died Sunday from multiple myeloma cancer.
The public service honoring John Knighten starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center.
Spokane Fire Department leaders released a statement about Knighten’s death on Monday.
“It is with great sadness that the Spokane Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 29 announce the line-of-duty death of Spokane Firefighter SPA. He was 45.”
Knighten battled multiple myeloma cancer for three years. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 2010, underwent a bone marrow transplant in late 2010 and was able to return to work for a time before the cancer reemerged. SFD leaders said the cancer was determined to have been attributed to his profession as a firefighter. Therefore, his death is considered to be a line-of-duty death.
SFD leaders said Knighten died at home while surrounded by his wife and three daughters.
He was a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department. SFD leaders said a line-of-duty death funeral service is currently being planned by the Knighten family and the Spokane Fire Department. John served his country as Marine. He will be buried with military honors.
Knighten was 45-years-old.