Firefighters supporting one of their own

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - When its firefighters aren't on a run, fire station 18 can be a tranquil place, punctuated by the firefighters inside, enjoying their brotherhood around the table.

"I see these guys more than I see my family," said Joe Vissing.

Now, more than ever, Vissing needs that brotherhood.

"I've known that I've had melanoma for about three weeks," said Vissing. The cancer has spread to his brain.

"You don't ever want to get that news," he said.

Vissing isn't facing this battle alone.

"If one of us has a problem, we all have a problem. It's not just one guy," said retired firefighter Ron King.

"When people tell you that they're there to fight with you, it does lift your spirits a lot. It really does," Vissing said.

He'll begin treatment in Louisville soon. He says that treatment will take his strength and he won't be able to work.

"Basically they're going to have to put me in the ICU for 4-5 days at a time because it's so intense," Vissing explained.

That's where his fellow firefighters come in. They'll cover his shifts for him so he can stay on the payroll.

"Overwhelmed was my reaction, just to know that the guys are here for me," Vissing said.

That's not all. Firefighters are holding a golf scramble and a raffle for a hunting rifle as well as other fundraiser to help Vissing and his family.

"Just having the disease and having to fight this is hard enough without having to worry about all that other stuff so we decided that we would get together and we would take care of this stuff for him," said King.

They're all pulling for Joe to beat this, so they an laugh and share stories once again.

"I'm fighting it for Michelle, I'm fighting for my kids, and I'm fighting it for every one of you all,"

The golf scramble will be June 13 at Connemara Golf Course in Nicholasville. For information, call Ron King at (859) 940-8845. Duty Firearms, LLC in Winchester is raffling the hunting rifle. Their number is (859) 745-5334.