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Roanoke City Fire Department shows growing support for firefighter's son

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Fire departments are of course are like a brotherhood and for the past week firefighters across the Roanoke Valley have proven that by shaving their heads to support the 4-year-old son of a Roanoke City fire fighter, battling a form of cancer in his eyes.

In October, Tyler Shannon was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and now he's starting to lose his hair.

Tyler's dad, Trevor, has been with the Roanoke City Fire Department for 10 years now and his fellow fire fighters organized "Trims for Tyler" to support the Shannon family.

“It was emotional for my wife and I just walking in the door right off the bat, you know to see the support that Tyler has,” explained Trevor.

“Every single member of this department would stand up and take that chemotherapy for Tyler if we could, but we just can't do it,” said Matt Dewhirst, Battalion Chief.

Since last Sunday, more than 150 of the 250 Roanoke City firefighters have shaved their heads for Tyler.

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