PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Family, friends and colleagues gathered Monday morning in Providence to say goodbye to a longtime firefighter.

Battalion Chief Jim Varin died last week after a more than year-long battle with occupational cancer. He was 52.

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

He left behind a wife and two sons.