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Former Oswego Firefighter with MS in New Battle

Jul 06, 2014 06:59PM ● By Steven Jack

David and Piper Sackett courtesy the family's page.

David Sackett is known as a fighter.

The former Oswego firefighter/paramedic has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for four years, and now he faces another fight. According to a page set up in recent days, Sackett has been hospitalized in Duluth, Minn. with a bacterial infection that has entered his bloodstream. 

Sackett was vacationing in Canada when he became ill, and taken to Duluth for treatment. He may remain in treatment for several more weeks.

“The medical costs and travel costs from going from Canada to Minnesota and for the family to travel from Chicago have begun to be an obstacle for the family,” the fundraising page says. “A decision has been made that David will have to stay in Duluth to continue his treatment.”

To help offset the costs of the initial medical transport from Canada and so that the family may travel from Chicago to Duluth, the page was established. So far, the page has raised about $3,000 toward a $10,000 goal. 

To donate, click here.

Sackett began his battle with MS in 2010 and has undergone several surgeries in recent years. He’s also been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars in the fight against MS through Team Davebob.

Sackett also recently battled the Oswego Fire Protection District after the district moved to determinate him, saying he could no longer physically perform his duties. Sackett fought the termination, and eventually settled out of court with the Fire District.