City mourns the passing of longtime College Station firefighter

Photo provided by the College Station Fire Department

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- The city of College Station on Sunday announced the passing of a longtime first responder.

For almost 30 years College Station Deputy Fire Marshal Lance Norwood battled fires and saved lives in our community, but it was cancer that eventually took the local hero's life.

The department announced Sunday morning "It is with a deep sadness that College Station Fire Department shares the passing of Deputy Fire Marshal Lance Norwood. Lance faithfully served the department, and the citizens of College Station, for more than 29 years. Lance will be deeply missed, and may he rest in peace."

KBTX featured Norwood in a 2017 broadcast as he was fighting the early stage of leukemia. He learned he had Myelodysplastic Syndrome following a routine screening that is paid for by the city of College Station.

His wife, Rose, encourages everyone to reach out to their insurance companies to inquire about coverage for an annual physical.

"Why not use those opportunities to make sure your blood work is good, your cholesterol? It could catch some things before it becomes a problem," said Rose Norwood.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station.

A Celebration of Life will be at held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, at Central Baptist Church, located at 1991 FM 158, College Station, TX 77845. Interment will be held at noon at College Station Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow at Central Baptist Church.