The Westport Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 1081 announces with great sorrow the death of Westport firefighter Turk Aksoy.
The 13-year Westport Fire Department veteran succumbed to an occupational cancer yesterday. He was 46 years old.
Before joining the Westport Fire Department, Turk worked for many years as a paramedic.
His wife Denise died this past January. They leave behind 2 children.
Turk will be memorialized by Local 1081 and the Westport Fire Department. Details of services are still pending.
Local 1081 adds: “Please keep Turk’s children, his family, friends and fellow firefighters in your thoughts for strength and healing in this difficult time. Click here to make a donation in Turk’s memory, and in support of his children.”
In 2016, Turk testified before the Connecticut House Labor Committee, in support of presumptive cancer legislation. He said:
You know, it’s not easy. Every morning you wake up and you got to put your feet on the floor because you have a family looking after you and hopefully, you know, I’ll go back to work tonight actually, and then tomorrow I’m back in New York City starting chemo again. That’ll wipe me out for three days until I have to go back to work again. It’s tough on my kids, it’s tough on my wife…
Local 1081 says, “Occupational cancer has proven to be the new epidemic we face in the fire service. Far too many members of the fire service have been lost to this relentless illness.
“Rest in peace, Turk. You have served your community with tremendous honor, and will be greatly missed.”