Fire chief: No shift swapping for cancer-stricken firefighter

Fire Chief Ernie Polsom said the decision was made because there are benefits that exist to serve firefighters in these situations

REGINA, Canada — For the past seven months, Regina firefighters have been picking up shifts for one of their crew mates unable to work while he's treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

But that ended last week. The fire chief informed crews that any replacement requests for Tanner Brotzel's shifts will no longer be approved.

"A guy that I started with 32 years ago said that this is the first time he's been embarrassed to say that he's a firefighter, because of this action," said Brian Seidlik, Brotzel's platoon captain and the president of the Regina Professional Firefighters Association.

Full story: Regina firefighters blocked from covering shifts for co-worker battling cancer

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