Future Sacramento firefighter tells inspiring story from chemo to caddy – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – From chemo to cadet, a future firefighter is determined to beat cancer to help his community.
Even through the pain of battling cancer and the bad days of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Louis Stanfill, 36, kept an eye on his goal: to become a public servant.
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They work hard and fast. A team of cadets ready to become Sacramento City firefighters, but behind every hero is a human – a father like Stanfill, better known as Louie. As a retired American Rugby Union player, his new journey as a firefighter caddy was interrupted by chemo.
“I was diagnosed on November 13, 2020 – it was a Friday, so Friday the 13th, that I had Hodgkins lymphoma.
The Sacramento Fire Department recruit wasn’t about to let cancer get in the way of the community.
“I took it day to day, and the start… it was difficult,” he said. “While I was in the treatment it was hard, but it was also good because it allowed me to distract myself from the pain I was feeling.”
Behind him is his motivation: his wife Kramer and the new family he found in the Sacramento fire department.
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“Even from the start of academy he always said, ‘I want this to happen, what should I do to make it happen? “said Mike Ferguson, drill master at Sacramento Fire Academy.
“I always say if I was four stories up in a building on fire and my husband walked through the door, I knew I would be fine,” said Kramer Greenburg Stanfill, Louie’s wife.
Overcome cancer to become a cadet and now a future firefighter – Stanfill’s sole goal is to help his community.
“He’s the best guy you’ll ever meet and he’s going to be a hell of a firefighter and we’re so excited,” his wife said.
Both of her parents were in public service – her father as a Sacramento County MP and her mother with the California Highway Patrol.
He says the key to getting through something as difficult as cancer is to keep a positive attitude.
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“Knowing that I’m going to beat this,” he said. “It’s just another bump in the road.”