BR Fire captain dies after battle with cancer likely caused by fighting fires

Captain Phillip Paternostro

BATON ROUGE — The Baton Rouge Fire Department announced that Captain Phillip P. Paternostro, 54, died Aug. 21 after a battle with cancer.

According to Louisiana law, Baton Rouge fire officials said the type of cancer Paternostro developed is presumed to have been caused by being a firefighter.

Paternostro began his career as a firefighter in 2000 and was promoted to captain in 2018. In his 23 years, Paternostro received four lifesaving awards, fire-saving rescue awards, and a lifesaving rescue award.

The funeral for Captain Paternostro will take place at Istroma Baptist Church as follows.

Istroma Baptist Church
10500 Sam Rushing Road
Wake on Monday August 28, 2023 from 5:00PM – 9:00PM

Tuesday August 29, 2023
Wake from 9:00AM -11:00AM
Funeral Service Starts at 11:00AM

The public is welcome to attend.
There will not be a public procession before or after the service.

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