Friday Nite Films presents “Burned: Protecting the Protectors”

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The true story of one person’s quest to understand decades of firefighter cancer.

Her husband was diagnosed with cancer after a career in firefighting, but she couldn’t shake a sense that there was more to the story. Cancer has been the leading cause of death among firefighters for decades. They are told it is due to toxic byproducts of smoke “the products of combustion” yet fires are increasingly rare for firefighters. In fact, the majority of calls are medical yet cancer rates are at an all-time high. Diane Cotter wondered if something else could be at play and with the help of many including a nuclear physicist, it turned out that she was right.

This screening is a co-presentation organized by UNCW Office of the Arts, WHQR Public Radio, Cucalorus, and Working Films.This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources through the Spark the Arts program.

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