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Old 08-22-2018, 00:41
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Default Don Ban, City of Sacramento Fire



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8/18/18

SACRAMENTO -- When Don Ban wasn’t in a helmet and his firefighting turn-outs, he was usually in a classic car and a Hawaiian shirt.

And that’s how those closest to him honored him today.

“He got to thinking about it and he told everybody, ‘I really want Hawaiian music, I want a luau, I want a party. I don’t Want everyone sitting around crying," Bev Ban, Don's wife, said.

Don Ban passed away earlier this month after his final fight, a battle with pancreatic cancer.

It was his second bout with cancer since retiring after 30 years as a Sacramento fire fighter.

“We thought he was safe when his career ended and retirement years were here. And it’s like, ‘Hey, happy days.’ And then all of the sudden this other boot dropped and its like, wow," Bev Ban said.

Bev Ban says the cancer is no coincidence; rather, it’s an occupational hazard for fire fighters who are 14 percent more likely to die from the disease.
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