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Longtime Kelowna firefighter loses battle with cancer

The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association said longtime firefighter Joe Kolar passed away Thursday night surrounded by family. .
The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association said longtime firefighter Joe Kolar passed away Thursday night surrounded by family. . Courtesy: Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association

A firefighter who dedicated nearly three decades of his life to serving the Kelowna Fire Department has died.

According to the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association, Joe Kolar died Thursday night after a months-long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

Kolar was an active member of the Kelowna Fire Department, and his cancer is presumed to be occupational.

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“All our lives were touched by Joe in one way or the other, and we are all better people for knowing him,” the firefighters association said.

Kelowna fire hall and city hall flags will be lowered to half-mast on Saturday.

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Service arrangements will be announced next week.