Shaker Heights retired fire lieutenant Shaun Probert dies after Lou Gehrig's battle

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio - Shaker Heights retired Fire Lieutenant Shaun Probert died Saturday after a four-year battle with Lou Gerhig's disease.

Probert was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2009, at age 40, after he noticed weakness in his arm, he said in 2012.

He continued to work as a fire lieutenant for a year before retiring in 2010. Then, he dedicated his time to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he raised awareness and volunteered at the organization's summer camp for children.

"You look at these kids and you think, those kids have had this thing since birth, but I've lived 40 good years. How can I not help these children?" he told Shaker Heights Patch after he was recognized by the Shaker Heights Rotary Club and Shaker Heights Fire Department as 2012 Firefighter of the Year.

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He said that a young boy he met with muscular dystrophy was fascinated that he worked as a firefighter. "He asked, how can you be a fireman with this disease?" Probert said, "And I told him, I'm still a fireman. I'm just not on the rigs anymore. Once you're a fireman, you're always a fireman."

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at DiCicco & Sons Funeral Home, 5975 Mayfield Rd. in Mayfield Heights. His funeral will be Thursday, Nov. 7, but final details have not yet been determined, the fire union reports on its Facebook page.

Watch Probert describes his battle in the video below, or click here if you are using a mobile device.

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