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Providence firefighter dies of occupational cancer

December 21, 2011
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Providence firefighter has died of cancer after a 23-year career.

Fire officials say the disease that killed 53-year-old Frank Reddington was believed to be related to the smoke and chemicals he was exposed to on the job.

Reddington died Monday and was promoted posthumously from lieutenant to captain. He worked for Engine 10 in South Providence and leaves a wife and two sons.

He also served as a member of the Providence Fire Department's Honor Guard and was a chairman of the union's charity committee.

A funeral is planned for Friday.

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