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Unfortunately, emergency responders must sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their job. This section of the Web site is dedicated to announce, honor and memorialize our members that die in the line-of-duty.

Kristin Ciganek 
Local Number: L0215
City, State: Milwaukee, WI

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Kristin M. Ciganek, IAFF 5th District Local 215, Milwaukee, WI. Sister Ciganek, 47, passed away on December 6, 2017 from colon cancer.

The visitation will take place from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on December 13, 2017 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 3970 North 92nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222; phone 463-8760. The funeral will take place immediately following.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 215, 5625 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53213-4257.

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Joseph B. Fuller 
Local Number: L0539
City, State: Portsmouth, VA

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Joseph Benjamin (Ben) Fuller, IAFF 4th District Local 539, Portsmouth, VA. Brother Fuller, 49, passed away from brain cancer on December 9, 2017.

A celebration of life will take place at the Scottish Rite, 3401 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703 on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM; phone 757-484-2930.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 539 at 3704 Winchester Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23707-4332.

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Bryan Kongus 
Local Number: L1286
City, State: Richmond, BC

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain Bryan Kongus, IAFF 6th District Local 1286, Richmond, BC. Brother Kongus, 44, passed away on August 17, 2017 after a long struggle with PTSD.

A full honors funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on December 18, 2017 at the Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church, 11295 Mellis Drive, Richmond, BC.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to IAFF Local 1286, at 11980 Hammersmith Way, Unite 1210, Richmond, BC V7A 0A4.

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