Turk Aksoy has been a member of the Westport (CT) Fire Department since 2006. Turk was selected into the department as the number one ranked candidate for appointment. Prior to fulfilling his dream of becoming a firefighter, Turk served various communities as a paramedic -- a service he has been proud to conduct since 2004. Young and athletic, Turk has raced many triathlons and completed several grueling Tough Mudder events, participating as a way to raise money for various veterans' organizations.
On May 15, 2014, at the young age of 41 years old, Turk was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Colon Cancer. At the time, his doctor's stated that this type of cancer has a 5 year survival rate of 14% and they expected him to succumb within 3 years. Today, 5 years later, Turk is still fighting like a sunnavabitch! Throughout his battle, Turk was continuing to work - receiving treatment around his fire department schedule and somehow finding the strength to continue to bravely do his job. Unfortunately, since this past December, with metastasis to his liver and lungs, Turk's condition and coinciding aggressive treatments has made it impossible for him to work. Throughout his stoic battle Turk has earned the reputation as a strong, resilient, brave, and committed father, husband, and brother firefighter.
Sadly, on January 30, 2019, Turk's 46th birthday, Denise, his beautiful wife and source of constant support and strength, tragically and unexpectedly passed away. Her death has left an almost unbearable emotional toll on Turk and his children, Tess and Tyson.
The children have had to remain strong while so much is going on in their young lives. Tess, 14, is president of Pony Pals 4H club. She is a freshman at Nonnewaug High School's Vocational Agricultural Program and is a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA). She has dreams of pursuing a career in equine science.
Tyson is a energetic and athletic 12 year old young man. He loves the game of lacrosse and has earned quite a reputation for himself on the field. He loves outdoor exploration and photography.
Those of us who serve as first responders know the importance that is placed on taking care of one another. We, the brothers and sisters of the Westport Fire Department, have a responsibility to take care of Turk, Tess, and Tyson the best we can. We cannot however, do it alone. Please help us help Turk and his children. A donation can go a long way to assisting Turk as he fights his illness with dignity and confidence. A donation helps us help Tess and Tyson achieve their educational goals and dreams.
Thank you in advance for your support.