MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Family and friends are remembering a Mesa firefighter who died in the line of duty. Trevor Madrid lost a two-and-a-half-year battle with work-related cancer this week.

"He made everyone feel special. You can't find a person that met him or didn't love him the first minute they met him," said Steve Heyer, his captain and friend.

In 2019, he was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer found in soft tissue. The Mesa Fire Department said exposures on the job led to Madrid getting sick. Heyer was with Madrid in the hospital room when he got the devastating news. Just two days before, Madrid and his wife found out they were having their second child.

Mesa firefighter Trevor Madrid

"So it was joy and then heartache all in one," said Heyer. "That strength carried them through for the next two and a half years."

Even in Madrid's darkest days, he brought joy to others. Madrid made TikTok videos documenting his cancer journey. With more than 200,000 followers and more than 4 million likes, he became an inspiration.

"He had relationships with children from four to five years old, all the way up to adults who are battling cancer just like him," said Heyer.

On Sunday, Madrid passed away surrounded by loved ones. Governor Doug Ducey is ordering all flags at state buildings to be lowered to half-staff for Madrid on Thursday. Meanwhile, there is a GoFundMe page set up to help Madrid's family during this time.

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