Union Co. fire chief battling cancer wins Firefighter of the Year award


UNION CO., SC (WSPA) – An Upstate fire chief fighting for his life is continuing to fight for others.

Dennis Frost, the Philippi Fire Chief, was diagnosed with lung cancer in October.

“I had a heart attack, and they were going to do a bypass on me,” Frost says. “They went to do that and couldn’t do everything they wanted to do. That’s when they found the tumors in my left lung.”

Frost started his chemotherapy treatment, but that hasn’t kept him from his job at the fire department.

“I go to calls. I go and do just like I’ve been doing always,” he says.

Mark Wade works with Frost, and says Frost’s positive outlook on life is nothing new.

“If we had many more like him, we wouldn’t have no problems with volunteers in the county,” Wade says.  “They just don’t make ’em like him no more.”

Earlier this month, Frost received three major awards from the county. He received a certificate of appreciation from the coroner, Union County Firefighter of the Year, and the Chief’s Award.

“I’ve always enjoyed other people, and it just keeps me going,” Frost says.

The Union Fireman’s Association says this is the first time in the county’s history that one firefighter has received these awards in the same year.

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