In April of 2001, Lieutenant Jack C. Zoppo, Engine Company No. 6 was diagnosed with a form of occupational cancer with a poor prognosis and his life expectancy was thought to be approximately 1 year. Lt. Zoppo, physically fit from decades of strength training,exercise, and hard work, began his cancer treatments and continued to work for as long as he was able. On October 9, 2004, after two surgeries and several clinical trials, Lt. Zoppo died at his home, 3 1/2 years after being diagnosed. Jack Zoppo, a USAF Vet, joined the ranks of the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1986 and was assigned for much of his career to Truck Company No. 10. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000. Lt. Jack Zoppo was the recipient of numerous awards while serving the citizens of Baltimore City; including the Exemplary Performance Award: having rescued 3 people from the second floor of their burning home, and a Mayoral Citation: for the rescue of a city worker trapped in an asphalt-laying machine. Friends recall him saying; " No one should be awarded for just doing their job. I love my job and am lucky to be able to go to work." Lieutenant Jack C. Zoppo was 45 years old and had served 19 years.