Avoca volunteer firefighters rally around one of their own after cancer diagnosis

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- A local volunteer fire department is rallying around one of their own after he was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer.

Mike Morrell, known to many in the Sullivan County community as “Mo” started falling ill shortly before Thanksgiving.

He has been the Assistant Fire Chief at the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department for almost 24 years.

As Morrell continues to undergo treatment and tests at Vanderbilt, fellow firefighters like Kenny Ray are hoping for the best.

“I have a trouble now going over and sitting there talking to him at his house because I can’t stand to see my friend like this, I would rather it be me than him,” Ray said.

Chief of the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department, David Taylor, said they made stickers with Morrell’s number 42 on them as a reminder to keep their heads up as he works to fight this disease.

“Two of our members yesterday went and shoveled his driveway, we are in constant contact with him is there anything you can do, anything you need. Keep the prayers going up, keep Mike thinking positive, he’s had a tremendous outlook through this whole thing, we talk to him daily,” Taylor said.

As Morrell continues to seek treatment at Vanderbilt, the firefighters at Avoca are working to raise money to help with his medical bills.

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