URBANA - Hundreds of firefighters, friends, and family are paying their last respects today to former Urbana firefighter Rusty Chism.
Chism, 50, died at 9:11 AM on Thursday, January 22, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He had suffered thymic cancer, a rare form of cancer in the chest.
Chism was a career firefighter and father of two who led a division in Urbana and an entire department in his hometown of St. Joseph.
The funeral procession started in Urbana and ended in St. Joseph.
A number of people have asked about where to make donations. Donations may be made to the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District or to NCI Thymic Cancer Research, ATTN: Arlene Berman, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 10, Room 12N226, Bethesda, MD 20892. Checks should be made out to NCI/Thymic Cancer Research.