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Tempe firefighter Tommy Arriaga dies from cancer

Posted at 8:49 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 19:53:39-05

TEMPE, AZ — The Tempe Fire Department is mourning the loss of a fellow firefighter.

Tommy Arriaga, who was 36 years old, passed away Friday morning after a battle with colorectal cancer.

Arriaga’s death marks Tempe Fire Medical Rescue’s second line-of-duty death.

Full honors will be extended throughout his service, according to officials.

He is survived by his wife Monica, and two daughters Miranda, age 7, and Madalynn, age 3.

"He's just a hero to us all," Deputy Chief Kyle Carman said of his friend Tommy. "He and his wife are people that we looked up to as parents, so we always relied on them to help us walk through being new parents."

Arriaga began his career with the department in 2014.

ABC15's Jamie Warren interviewed Arriaga back in September during his battle.

The firefighter's wife and two daughters remained close to his side as he went through chemotherapy.

His fellow crew members also supported him to the end, even shaving their heads to show solidarity.

Details for his service will be announced soon.

ABC15 will bring you details as soon as they're made available.