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A firefighter who’s been battling cancer for more than two decades dies at 77

A firefighter battling cancer died Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced.

Mark Dyer, 76, of the Milwaukee Fire Department, died at the hospital.

Dyer joined the Milwaukee fire department in 1981 and spent the next 18 years working with the agency as a paramedic, firefighter, and fire chief.

He also worked as a firefighter instructor.

He was one of the first responders to the 2009 deadly collapse of the SkyBridge Bridge, which was built by the Milwaukee County Board of Commissioners to connect the city to Milwaukee International Airport.

The crash killed eight people and injured more than 250 others, including Dyer and the other firefighter who died.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three children.

Dyers death was not immediately known.

The agency says it will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. on Friday.