MODESTO, Calif. — The Modesto Fire Department is mourning the loss of one their firefighters. Retired Capt. Greg Ewert lost his eight-year battle with job-related cancer over the weekend. He was only 61-years-old. He spent more than half of his life working as a Modesto firefighter and, because his cancer was considered job-related, this is being called a line of duty death. Ewert is the 5th firefighter they’ve lost on the job since 1957.