South King Firefighter Moncrief Loses Battle with Cancer, Passes Away


Firefighter John Moncrief died late Saturday (July 21) from a cancer known to be caused from long term exposure to toxic products of combustion.

His family was at his side when he died peacefully at home after a good day with his family and friends.

Firefighter Moncrief retired from South King Fire & Rescue in 2011 after a 22-year career.

“It was time to spend time with his family and enjoy the fruits of his labor,” reads a statement. “However, a few months later he was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer was in an advanced stage by the time it was recognized but John chose to fight a hard battle anyway so he could have a chance to spend a long retirement with his Wife Bev, daughter Tessa, and son Trevor.”

As we previously reported, South King Firefighters held a successful blood drive on July 5 for John that was widely attended by fire agencies from throughout King and Pierce Counties.

John was known throughout his career as a thorough and diligent firefighter and this made him an excellent teacher to the many recruit firefighters assigned to his crew. He shared to other firefighters everything he knew and that earned him the respect of not only his own department, but of surrounding departments that often responded to calls in tandem with John’s Redondo/Woodmont Station #66 at the southern edge of Des Moines.

John will be with full Line of Duty Death (LODD) recognition this Saturday, July 28, at 11am at Northwest Foursquare Church at 34800 – 21 Ave. S.W. in Federal Way.


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