Pascagoula Fire Captain Jacob Latch passes away after battle with cancer

A sad update to a story we first brought you yesterday, Pascagoula Fire Captain Jacob Latch lost his battle with cancer today.

Less than two weeks ago, Captain Latch was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer known as EHE.

Since then, the disease spread rapidly and Latch was transferred to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and then to hospice care.

In addition to serving as captain at the Pascagoula Fire Department and volunteering as a squad member for Tunnel to Towers Biloxi, Latch was a beloved friend, husband, and father of three.

In an effort to help take care of Latch’s wife and kids during this tragic time, the Tunnel to Towers Biloxi Foundation set up a GoFundMe.

As of today, family, friends, and the Gulf Coast Community has raised over $50,000 for Latch’s family. Tunnel to Towers Co-Director Justin Lopez said, “We’re still trying to get him on the– try to see if he’s a line of duty death and maybe we can do some more for him. We’re still going to do a lot more fundraising for him. I said I’m not letting his family and kids go without basically. Just like in this situation, the foundation was started out of darkness from 9/11. And doing something good makes you feel better. So, a lot of firemen are doing something right now just to stay busy so they don’t focus on the bad and it’s making you feel a lot better doing something than just sitting there crying about it.”

Tunnel to Towers Houston is on standby with fire engines with ladders and flags for Latch’s return to the Coast.

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