Spokane Firefighter Battling Cancer Dies - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Firefighter Loses His Battle With Cancer

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - Local firefighter, John Knighten, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.

This was posted Sunday on Facebook:

From the Spokane Firefighter's Facebook Page: It has been a day of great sorrow, we do not have the words to express our feelings. 19 of our brothers lost their lives in AZ today. Our thoughts and prayers are with their brothers, sisters, and families.

However, one of our own, the person pictured on our profile, Brother Knighten lost his battle tonight. He contracted cancer from his work as a Spokane Firefighter. His death is a line of duty death, and all of Local 29 is beyond sad. Please keep his wife and three girls in your thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace John!

BACKGROUND FROM Savejohnknighten.com:

On 1/2/10 John Knighten, a firefighter in Spokane Washington, while on duty was rushed to the ER unable to breath. John's airway had closed due to an infection called Epiglotitious and he was intubated in the operating room in order to save his life. He spent the next seven days in ICU where his wife begged doctors to carefully review his medical history. John had recently battled other infections including three severe cases of pneumonia in a thirteen month period. She felt that something was being missed, his immune system seemed compromised and she was positive there was an underlying cause. Sadly, further blood-work and testing confirmed  that John had Multiple Myeloma, a serious form of blood plasma cancer.  

This has been a devastating shock to the Knighten family.  John and his dear wife Shawna are the parents to three beautiful young girls: ages 10, 8, and 3.  If John passes away, his youngest daughter may not remember him.  This is a particularly heartbreaking concept as John lost his own father when he was just five years old. 

He was the inspiration when John joined the Marine Corps in 1986.  After serving for four years with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he joined the Spokane Fire Department in 1994 where he was voted Top Recruit. 

John loves his job and has had no problem putting his life on the line for thousands of men, women and children during his military and firefighting service.  He is a true hero, loved by many. We ask now that you help us save John.  

Two bone marrow transplants are imperative in the fight to save John's life.  Though health insurance covers part of the treatment, the hospital will not agree to schedule the surgeries until the Knighten family can pay the difference up front.  The total cost of the two surgeries and recovery is nearing $500,000 and miscellaneous treatment will surpass even this.  Doctors believe the transplants will dramatically increase John's life expectancy and may even place him into a remission status. 

Please help us help John, a man who has risked his life for so many. Your donation and/or helping us get the word out would mean so much to the Knighten family.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:21:35 GMT
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.>>
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
    >>
  • Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Man Identified In Fatal Crash Friday Morning On Bowdish Rd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:13:11 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
    >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man killed in an early morning crash on Friday has been identified as 34-year-old, Alejandro E. Apodaca. Just before 12:30, Apodaca crashed his car on S. Bowdish Rd. He was traveling South on Bowdish near 17th when he lost control of his car, uprooting a tree in the front yard of a home.
    >>
  • At Least 13 Sherpas Dead As Avalanche Sweeps Mount Everest

    At Least 13 Sherpas Dead As Avalanche Sweeps Mount Everest

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:10:21 GMT
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.>>
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Students Served Sour Milk At Whitman Elementary

    Students Served Sour Milk At Whitman Elementary

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:51:33 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash- Several parents in Spokane were concerned when they heard their kids were served soured milk at Whitman Elementary. The district says it happened on Monday April 14th, 3 parents who spoke with KHQ say it was also served Tuesday before the district was made aware. District leaders say the milk had an expiration date of April 16th but went bad before that date.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash- Several parents in Spokane were concerned when they heard their kids were served soured milk at Whitman Elementary. The district says it happened on Monday April 14th, 3 parents who spoke with KHQ say it was also served Tuesday before the district was made aware. District leaders say the milk had an expiration date of April 16th but went bad before that date.
    >>
  • Spokane Marathoners Travel Cross-Country to Make Boston Even Stronger

    Spokane Marathoners Travel Cross-Country to Make Boston Even Stronger

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:37:43 GMT
    (KHQ)- "Runners are a breed of their own, they're fighters," explained Heather LeFriec, who runs with the Spokane Swifts, an all-female competitive running club. "If you tell them they can't do something, they'll go do it. They like the challenge, that's mostly why they run."That is why she, and many other runners from Spokane, are not surprised by the fact that this year's Boston Marathon is bigger than ever, with over 36,000 runners participating.>>
    (KHQ)- "Runners are a breed of their own, they're fighters," explained Heather LeFriec, who runs with the Spokane Swifts, an all-female competitive running club. "If you tell them they can't do something, they'll go do it. They like the challenge, that's mostly why they run."That is why she, and many other runners from Spokane, are not surprised by the fact that this year's Boston Marathon is bigger than ever, with over 36,000 runners participating.
    >>
  • Michaels Security Breach: 2.6 Million Shoppers Affected

    Michaels Security Breach: 2.6 Million Shoppers Affected

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:11:17 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - People who shopped at Michaels between May 2013 and January 2014 could be impacted by a security breach that stole nearly 2.6 million shoppers' credit and debit card information. Michaels says it has fixed the problem, so shopping at the stores is no longer an issue.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - People who shopped at Michaels between May 2013 and January 2014 could be impacted by a security breach that stole nearly 2.6 million shoppers' credit and debit card information. Michaels says it has fixed the problem, so shopping at the stores is no longer an issue.>>