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    Massachusetts Firefighter Dies From 1982 Injury

    Brookline, Mass. firefighter Joseph Michael Tynan, Jr. passed away May 8, 2002 due to complications from an injury he suffered almost 20 years ago in the line of duty.

    Tynan, 55, served the Brookline Fire Department for 10 years before a tragic accident ended his career. On November 23, 1982 he fell from a piece of apparatus while responding to an alarm and sustained a severe head injury.

    According to department officials, his death last Wednesday was caused by pneumonia with contributing factors of septic shock and chronic traumatic brain injury.

    He had been in the care of his sister and guardian Barbara Tynan.

    Tynan began working at the department on January 3, 1972 at Fire Station #1 in Brookline Village. Within just a few years he also joined the department's Honor Guard and received a commendation for his actions at a rescue scene. He then attended Massasoit Community College and earned his Associate's Degree in Fire Science in 1978.

    His co-workers said he loved his job and was studying to become an officer at the time of his injury. He was also a member of IAFF local 950.

    Tynan also served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the fire department because he wanted another way to serve others, fire officials said at his memorial service.

    They added that the most important milestones in Tynan's life were the births of his two sons.

    Tynan is survived by several brothers and sisters including Barbara, and his sons Joseph Michael Tynan III, age 30, and Gregory Allen Tynan, age 28.

    Visiting hours were held at Bell O'Dea Funeral Home in Brookline on Saturday, May 11 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

    The funeral mass was Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Brookline.

    At the service, fire officials spoke of their memories of Tynan.

    "Those of us who were privileged to know Joe can still see that big happy grin of his. You couldn't miss it. But we miss you Joe, and you will always be in our hearts. We will not forget you ."

    The family asks that any donations in Tynan's memory be made to The Joseph M. Tynan Jr. Scholarship Fund, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

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    Tynan, Jr., Joseph Michael

    Age: 55
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 11/23/1982
    Incident Time:
    Death Date: 05/08/2002

    Cause of Death: Fell or Jumped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Activity Type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Brookline Fire Department
    350 Washington St
    P.O. Box 470557
    Brookline, Massachusetts 02447-0557
    Chief: John E. Spillane

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Tynan succumbed to complications due to injuries received in the line of duty on November 23, 1982 when he fell from a piece of apparatus while responding to an alarm and sustained a severe head injury. In Lieu Of Flowers, Donations in the Memory of: The Joseph M. Tynan Jr. Scholarship Fund, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA 02445


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