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Mesa firefighter who died of cancer will be laid to rest this week

(Bunker Family Funeral Services photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa firefighter who died of cancer that she developed while on the job will be laid to rest in the East Valley this week.

(Mesa Fire Department photo)

Funeral services for Nichol Elaine Sullivan, who went by Nikki, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert.

A procession will start at the Bunker Family Garden Chapel in Mesa at 8:15 a.m. and is expected to arrive at the church at 8:45 a.m.

The visitation was scheduled for Thursday from 6-8 p.m at the chapel near Main and Center streets.

Sullivan died April 3 after fighting a form of breast cancer called adenocarcinoma for about six years.

Deputy Chief Forrest Smith said Sullivan’s death was the department’s first line of duty death under Arizona’s presumptive cancer law.

The law allowed first responders who developed cancer from their job to be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Sullivan was hired in 2001. She medically retired in December 2015 as a result of the cancer diagnosis.

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