Joe Vissing, a Lexington firefighter who had battled cancer since last year, has died. The Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services issued a statement Thursday morning saying Vissing died at midnight.
"His wife asked us to express the family's appreciation for all the support they received from both the Lexington fire department, and all those from the community who stood by him," Battalion Chief Joe Best said in the statement. "The family asks for privacy during this time."
Donations may be sent to the Fraternal Order of Firefighters.
Vissing, 41, a firefighter for 16 years, was diagnosed last summer with stage 4 skin cancer after noticing a lump on his leg. He received word of the diagnosis while on duty at Fire Station 18 on Richmond Road.
His colleagues launched a series of fundraising efforts for Vissing, including a Cold Water Challenge, in which people could donate money to allow firefighters to soak them. Workers at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital donated $1,000 for 100 people to be soaked.
"The love and support from people who know and love me, ... there just isn't any words," Vissing said at the time. "My family is so grateful for everything."