Kentucky police officer, firefighter die from cancer on same day

Police Detective Phillip Harrison and Firefighter Matt Logsdon
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- The City of Lexington, Kentucky is dealing with the loss of two public servants who died from cancer on the same day.

In January, Lexington Firefighter Matt Logsdon was diagnosed with stage four neuroendocrine cancer in his liver, bones and lungs. Then in February, he started undergoing treatment in Chicago. He died Wednesday morning.

The Lexington Professional Fire Fighter's union sent out the following:

It is with regret and sorrow that we have to report the Line of Duty Death of Lexington Firefighter Matt Logsdon. Matt passed away early this morning at Norton hospital in Louisville with his family by his side. Matt was diagnosed with cancer affecting his liver, lungs, spine and skull this past January. He is survived by his wife, Jessica and his children Hayden 16, Patrick 10 and Maggie 8.

Matt served as a Lexington Firefighter over the past 10 years and was a volunteer in the Jefferson County area before joining The Lexington Fire Department. Matt was a proud husband, father firefighter and a proud union member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Lexington Professional Firefighter IAFF Local 526.

There is a fundraiser planned to support Logsdon's family. It will be held on Tuesday, July 19th at Connemara golf course in Nicholasville. More information on the fundraisers can be found HERE.

A Lexington police detective also died Wednesday after losing his battle with cancer.

Phillip Harrison was previously diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Lexington Police Department confirmed Harrison died Wednesday morning while in hospice care at St. Joseph Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jana, and a 12-year-old daughter. Harrison was a 19-year veteran of the department.

“Phillip was a great officer and father, a genuine person with a unique sense of humor,” Chief Mark Barnard said. “He had a wonderful ability to relate and connect with everyone, from the people Phillip encountered through his work to his closest friends. Phillip cared about this community and he will be truly missed.”

Mayor Jim Gray released a statement reacting to both deaths.

“The city lost two members of our public safety family today … Firefighter Matt Logsdon and Police Detective Phillip Harrison. Both put their lives on the line for their community. We honor their service and their sacrifice. And we offer our deepest sympathy to their families.”

Funeral services for Logsdon are pending. Funeral services for Detective Harrison will be held Friday, July 8.

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