Board of Directors

Mike Dubron

Michael Dubron

Founder

Michael Dubron is a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, where he is currently assigned to flight operations. On February 06, 2003, at the age of 39, he received the news, which came as a complete shock, and was met with disbelief. Mike was diagnosed with cancer.

Upon Mike’s return to work after a nine-month absence, he established a program where firefighters and their families can get immediate assistance to cope with a cancer diagnosis. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) is comprised of firefighters and their families who are cancer survivors, care givers and volunteers providing comfort strength and hope to those diagnosed with cancer, provide cancer awareness and education.

Mike continues his work as a firefighter, and he proudly bears the title Founder of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as well as cancer survivor.

Bryan Frieders

President

Bryan Frieders currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department.  He is also the President of the nationwide non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network.  Bryan has more than 28 years of Fire/EMS experience in a variety of assignments ranging from operations to emergency management.  He is a well-known speaker on the topic of firefighter health and safety, leadership, and cancer risk reduction.  Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education, and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology.  He has also been designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.  Bryan resides in California with his wife and three children.

Trey Kelso

Trey Kelso

Treasurer

Trey Kelso, a member of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, and is a Past Fire Chief of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, MD.

Kelso is a designated chief fire officer (CFO) through CPSE. He is a Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board State Emergency Services Instructor in the Management Track for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency services.

In 2009, Trey started the Maryland Chapter of Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), and he serves as the Maryland State Director. Trey was elected to the FCSN Board of Directors in 2012, where he currently serves as treasurer.

Trey holds an MBA from Frostburg State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Management from Syracuse University.

Joe Schumacher

Secretary

is FCSN’s state director for Virginia and a member of FCSN’s education committee. Joe is a retired engine captain with the City of Fairfax (VA) Fire Department. “I lost both of my parents to cancer, and I am a two-time survivor myself. I want to help prevent other firefighters from having to endure a fight against cancer.”

Tony Cruz

Vice President - East

Tony Cruz retired from the FDNY, where he was assigned to Res2cue, and is the fomer fire chief for the Smithtown (NY) Fire Department. Cruz launched FCSN’s New York operation in 2008 with fellow prostate cancer survivor Ron Barz. Cruz now works more than 40 hours a week to further FCSN’s support, awareness, and prevention missions.

Curtis Dunn

Vice President - West

Curtis Dunn, a second-generation firefighter, retired at the rank of lieutenant after a 36-year career with the Arlington (TX) Fire Department. He has been affiliated with FCSN for seven years. Dunn also is the district vice president for the Texas State Association of Firefighters.

Keith Tyson

Keith Tyson

Vice President - Education

Keith Tyson retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2008 after serving 34 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter. Within six months, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as several skin cancers.

In 2009, Keith formed the Florida Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. He currently serves of the FCSN board of directors as VP of Education, Research, and Outreach. He also is involved with the Florida Professional Firefighters effort to pass a cancer presumption law for Florida’s firefighters. He has submitted his own research to national research centers that are studying firefighters, their exposures, and their types of cancer for further review.

Ben Helquist

Vice President of Governance & Oversight

Ben is a partner at Straussner ♦ Sherman, a law firm in Los Angeles that is dedicated to representing firefighters afflicted by job-related cancer. Ben’s representation has helped many firefighters and their families prove industrially caused cancer for purposes of workers’ compensation and disability retirement benefits. These legal victories have helped shaped the case law surrounding California’s “firefighter cancer presumption laws.” Ben earned his JD from the University of Oregon and is admitted to the California State Bar.

Steve Westcott

Steve Wescott

National State Director - East

Steve Wescott joined the Perkins Township (OH) Fire Department in 2001 and served for nine years. He was 25 when diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Westcott is a two-time cancer survivor; he’s been an FCSN mentor since 2009. He received a bone-marrow transplant and has been cancer-free for seven years. He teaches at the Ohio Fire Academy and Lorain County Community College. He earned an EMTP certification and bachelors of science in fire engineering and a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology.  Currently, Westcott is in school to become a Physician Assistant and expected to graduate in 2019.

Mike Leon

National State Director - West