GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- It’s never easy being the Grants Pass Fire Marshal.
"I'm also an active Battalion Chief so I respond to calls and take charge of incidents as well," said Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt.
January of 2018 proved to be a battle for Joe and his family that would bring them closer together.
"My father died of cancer in '81, and as a part of that you start wondering . . . if I should be doing these tests and procedures, and I actually had my first PSA drawn and it came back high," Hyatt said.
After coming back from their late honeymoon, the doctor told the Hyatt and his wife that his biopsy was positive for prostate cancer.
"I know what his father went through and how quickly that happened, so it was very scary," said Cindie Hyatt.
The Hyatts knew one thing — that this wasn't going to be easy, but they would fight it together side by side.
"I just grabbed his hand and said 'we will get through this,' you know I wanted to be his rock," Cindie said.
The next step was to fight — so Joe opted to have a radical prostatectomy.
"Basically they took the prostate and all the surrounding tissue out, then they took a biopsy making sure the tumor was dislocated and nowhere else," Joe said.
It was a tough decision, but one Joe and his family is grateful he made.
"I’m a year and three months out and still cancer free,” Joe said.