Chelsea Firefighter Loses Battle with Occupational Cancer

After a year of fighting valiantly against a work-related cancer condition, Chelsea Fire officials announced on Saturday night that Firefighter Peter Kannler, 37, had passed away.

It was being considered an active duty death.

Firefighter Peter Kannler.

Firefighter Peter Kannler.

“It is with deep regret that the department announces the Active Duty death of Firefighter Peter Kannler of Engine 2, after a courageous battle with occupational cancer, at age 37,” read the release from Chelsea Fire Chief Leonard Albanese.

Firefighter Kannler was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department on October 7, 2007, having transferred from the Westwood Fire Department, where he had served since December of 2005. Firefighter Kannler is survived by his loving wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Kiley, 6, and Hannah, 5.

The calling hours are today, Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Smith Funeral Home, Washington Avenue from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service with Fire Department Honors will be on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel.

 

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