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West Metro Firefighter who died last year being honored at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Aaron Lybarger passed away from cancer that could have been linked to time spent in New York after 9/11 with Task Force One.

DENVER — A Colorado firefighter who passed away following a battle with cancer last year will have his name added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this weekend.

Aaron Lybarger spent more than half his life serving our community as a firefighter with West Metro Fire Rescue.

He passed away at 47.

It wasn't the loud and obvious risks that come with firefighting but a silent one that ended his life: cancer.

West Metro Fire Rescue said it's most likely connected to when Lybarger was part of Colorado Task Force One and went to New York City after 9/11. 

Credit: West Metro Fire Rescue

Lybarger was a father, a son and a husband.

His name has been already been etched into the history of fallen firefighters in Colorado. 

It was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland on Sunday.

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