PEORIA, Ill — A Peoria firefighter diagnosed with cancer last year has passed away.
34 year old Nick Riordan was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer Stage IV last summer and it spread to his liver. Peoria firefighters say he died Tuesday afternoon from the illness.
Riordan’s Facebook page is now filling up with condolences to his family. He is survived by his wife Sarah and his three children. The youngest child was born around the time he started chemotherapy. Riordan sat down with WMBD’s Alyssa Paldo in February to discuss his illness. He told her his strength came from his family and friends.
“I always say I’m not ready to go yet. So don’t get me wrong, we have our bad days, too, or we’re depressed or just not having a good day emotionally, but, for the most part, our faith, our friends, our family, it’s just very easy to stay positive when you’ve got that kind of support,” said Riordan.
Peoria firefighters are planning a fundraiser for the family this Saturday at Knights of Columbus, 7403 N. Radnor Rd in Peoria. The fundraiser is $15 dollars and included dinner and live music.