PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its battalion chiefs.

Providence Fire Chief Derek Silva tells 12 News Battalion Chief Jim Varin passed away Monday from occupational cancer.

Silva said Varin, 52, had been battling cancer for more than a year.

Varin served the capital city for 31 years, most recently on Ladder 3 in the Wanskuck neighborhood.

He leaves behind two sons and a wife.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.