5 years after cancer diagnosis, South Bend firefighter dies

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Josh Comeau, a South Bend firefighter whose diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer NewsCenter 16 has been following for years, has died.

Comeau was diagnosed with glioblastoma in June of 2014. He was told he had 14 months to live.

He beat the odds for nearly five years. He even ran a 5K race in full fire gear on the one-year anniversary of his first surgery.

“Josh was a strong firefighter, physically, mentally and spiritually," Fire Chief Steve Cox said in a release. "Josh’s attitude and faith never faltered, even in the toughest of times.”

Comeau, a 12-year veteran of the South Bend Fire Department, is survived by his wife, rosary, and their six children.

He was 41 years old.

The full release from the South Bend Fire Department has been reproduced below:

Members from the South Bend Fire Department are mourning the loss of 12-year active Firefighter Joshua Comeau. Firefighter First Class Josh Comeau was appointed to the department in November of 2007.

South Bend Firefighter Joshua Comeau served the City of South Bend at several stations throughout his career. He was stationed at Central, Medic 12 at Penn Fire, Fire Station 4 and his current station at Fire Station 9. Comeau worked as a firefighter and as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician during his career with South Bend.

Firefighter Comeau’s battle with brain cancer dates back to 2014 and Comeau returned to work after surgery and rehabilitation. A reoccurrence in 2018 limited Firefighter Comeau to office duties. Fire Chief Cox stated, “Josh was a strong firefighter physically, mentally and spiritually, Josh’s attitude and faith never faltered even in the toughest of times.”