Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan recently announced that he is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Sullivan advised that there is no cure, but he hoped to be able to set an example for other people.
"I want people to see that even through adversity, I still push forward and don't give up. Maybe I can be a inspiration to someone else going through life's trials," said Sullivan. "The only time you give up is when you take your last breath."
Sullivan went on to say that he wasn't advised of a specific amount of time that he had left to live, but he hopes he'll have about 12 more months. He stated that he plans to remain Fire Chief until he's physically unable to do the job, but he is in the process of training someone.
Even though Sullivan is battling this illness, he keeps a positive outlook on life and his afterlife.
In the traditional Sullivan humor, he joked, "Nobody gets out alive."
"I'm a child of God, saved by Grace. I know where I'm going after I pass here. God has always taken care of me and I still believe that. I still believe that He works miracles and maybe He'll use one on me. If He does, that's great. If He doesn't, then when it gets too bad He'll call me home."