SPOKANE, Wash.--A public memorial on July 8th will honor a Spokane firefighter who died June 30 from multiple myeloma cancer.
The public service honoring John Knighten starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. The service will be shown live online by clicking here.
Spokane Fire Department leaders released a statement about Knighten’s death July 1.
“It is with great sadness that the Spokane Fire Department and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 29 announce the line-of-duty death of Spokane Firefighter SPA. He was 45.”
Knighten battled multiple myeloma cancer for three years. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early 2010, underwent a bone marrow transplant in late 2010 and was able to return to work for a time before the cancer reemerged. SFD leaders said the cancer was determined to have been attributed to his profession as a firefighter. Therefore, his death is considered to be a line-of-duty death.
SFD leaders said Knighten died at home while surrounded by his wife and three daughters.
He was a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department. Knighten served his country as Marine. He will be buried with military honors.
Knighten was 45-years-old.
Spokane Falls Blvd. will be restricted at Browne for the funeral starting at 10:30 Monday morning. Spokane Falls will close from Bernard to Post at 11:00 a.m.
At 2:40 p.m. a rolling slowdown will occur on westbound I-90 and the procession route from the Convention Center to Medical Lake will begin. Spokane Falls Blvd. and all north and south streets crossing it will be closed at this time.
The Maple Street Bridge will remain open however traffic will be diverted onto 1st Avenue and not allowed to continue south to 2nd Avenue.
Division and Browne will remain open.