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Washington firefighter remembered for contracting HIV on the job

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Washington state firefighters are remembering a firefighter who is one of the first in the country to be recognized for contracting HIV on the job.

Doug Waller was a firefighter with South King Fire and Rescue department in Federal Way.

Officials said he helped a heavily bleeding patient who had aids. Waller died in 2006 after being diagnosed with the disease.

This week firefighters delivered a memorial version of a pike pole, a long pole used by firefighters, to the South King Fire and Rescue department. The memorial pole carries the names of Washington firefighters who died in the line of duty.

His family is able to receive benefits from his "line of duty death."

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