Hometown Hero: Chris Billa

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PARK CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- How would you react if you knew you had a limited amount of time to live?


For anyone who knows Chris Billa, they would say he is a dedicated volunteer fire fighter at the Park City Fire Department.

"To me Chris is just devoted. If somebody needs help Chris is going to help them," said Hope Atnip.

The assistant chief says he's always ready for an assignment. "When our tones drop, he's the first one here," said Gary Martin.

But when Chris isn't helping others, he's got his own battles.

Doctors diagnosed Chris with stomach cancer, and they say he only has 12 more months to live.

His mother wanted to stay strong.

"Your world falls apart, the world as you know it, everything collapses in on itself and you either fall apart or you pick up and try to get through it," said Debbie Billa.

Despite the news, Chris expressed he still wants to continue to help others.

"I'm still wanting to be the same Chris I was a year ago, going to every fire, going to every wreck heads on," said Chris Billa.

His fire department family will tell you, he puts everyone else ahead of himself.

"He's last, that's just the way he always was before he got sick and that's the way he is now. He's not changed. If anything has changed about him its made him put everybody in front of him more, and I just don't know how he does it," said Larry Poteet, the Deputy Chief.

From his fire department family to his actual family, everyone is hoping he beats this.

"We're going to beat this, there are no and or buts. We're going to be beside of him everyday, every second as he is with us," said Martin.

For putting others first and continuing to serve his community, despite his own setbacks, we honor Chris Billa as this week's Hometown Hero.

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