Benefit helps Charlotte firefighter battling cancer

Charlotte Fire Department firefighter Jeff McGill, 50, has stomach cancer. The Charlotte native who has helped others as a firefighter and licensed minister was given a hand from colleagues, friends, and family at a barbecue fundraiser on Saturday. The money will help defray McGill’s medical expenses.

Station 26 on South Tryon Street, where McGill spent 13 of his 14 years with the department, hosted the event. After noticing some discomfort in August of last year McGill went to his primary care physician and eventually to a specialist. They discovered a large tumor and started him on chemotherapy. McGill said the tumor has begun to shrink and he feels well enough to return to light duty at CFD’s airport station.

McGill, a standout basketball player at Independence High, played at Wake Forest and Eastern Kentucky, and professionally in Europe. As a minister he serves at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte.

Lisa Graves of the CFD Credit Union, who along with four other women sponsored the event, said people can still donate to McGill by calling the credit union at 704-375-3950. John Simmons