Firefighters rally around one of their own as he starts battle with cancer


As one of Michiana's first responders, his job is to help those in need, but now he's the one who needs help.

Scott Thomas has been a Goshen Firefighter for about seven years and a paramedic for around three, but about two weeks ago his world was turned upside down.

It was just two weeks ago that Scott Thomas was doing work on his house when...

“I felt some left sided weakness almost like stroke like symptoms come on, and I went down to the ground,” says Thomas.

Scott was having a seizure and it was one of his longtime friends that responded.

“It just seemed like we couldn't get there fast enough. Probably one of the most intense calls I have ever been on,” adds Warsaw Firefighter, Jeremy Williams.

Scott and Jeremy were volunteer firefighters together, before Scott started working in Goshen and Jeremy stayed in Warsaw.

Scott was rushed to the hospital and a week later he found out he had brain cancer.

“To tell you the truth it about made me sick, pretty much sick to my stomach. It’s just, really expressions that you can't explain until you have been in that situation,” says Williams.

“It’s sickening just for the fact that when my son is due to be born I’m going to be in the middle of all this treatment. I don’t know if I am going to be able to be present for the birth, I don't know where I will be at, it’s just scary,” says Thomas.

Scott has a 20-month-old daughter named Addyson and his wife Stacy is seven months pregnant with their second.

It's because of the seizures that Scott is no longer working, leaving his pregnant wife to work full time.

“So, I feel like someone needed to grab the bull by the horns and take this and run with it,” says Williams, “We created a diaper drive, is what I’m calling it, and we are asking everybody to buy diapers, wipes, Babies “R” Us gift certificates, Wal-Mart gift certificates. Anything that you think can help.”

It's that drive that is bringing Warsaw and Goshen together.

“This is, bigger than anyone of us and we need to do the right thing and be there and show that brotherhood for Scott, Stacy and the rest of his family,” says Goshen Firefighters IAFF Local 1443 President, Jeremy Mast.

“I am going to fight it and I’m going to win. I have no choice,” says Thomas.

Scott will be heading to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Tuesday.

There, he will meet with a team of doctors to discuss a treatment plan.

He says he will most likely have surgery, radiation and chemo.

If you would like to help donate, please drop all items off at Goshen Central Fire Station or at Warsaw Fire Station #2.

If you are interested in making monetary donations, send checks to the Goshen Central Fire Station with “Scott Thomas Fund” in the memo line or send it directly by going to any Interra branch. Title the check, “Scott Thomas Fund”.


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