JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Captain Mike Tepe lost his battle with cancer last night. According to his wife, Nicole, he passed away peacefully at around 9:30pm. A celebration of his life is scheduled tentatively for Saturday, October 14.
Tepe selflessly served the community for more than a decade as a firefighter with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. He began as a volunteer in 2006 and worked his way through a variety of roles including Lieutenant, a career Firefighter/EMT-Intermediate, and was most recently promoted to Captain Station 6 in July of 2015.
Tepe was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in early January 2017. He underwent chemo and radiation therapy for much of this year. Doctors were able to remove 95% of the tumor and hoped aggressive chemotherapy would remove the rest. A fundraiser held last February helped defray his family’s medical costs and travel to and from Salt Lake where he was treated.
Interim Fire Chief Mike Moyer said at the time, “Mike is admired by those he leads for his calm and steady leadership during stressful emergency incidents, as well as his dedication to training and always making time to teach others. We are pulling for him.”
Tepe leaves behind his wife, Nicole, and two kids—Curran and Ryland.