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    Brookline Firefighter Dies After Truck Fall

    Brookline Firefighter Dies After Truck Fall
    Gross Was 36-Year Veteran Of Department

    Story by Boston Channel

    BOSTON -- A veteran Brookline, Mass., firefighter has died as a result of injuries received in the line of duty.

    NewsCenter 5's Gail Huff reported that Irwin "Buzz" Gross, 58, of Natick, Mass., died at Beth Israel Hospital Monday night.

    Gross was a 36-year veteran of the fire department and was well-known and well-liked. Gross was responding to a call of gas leak last Friday morning about 9 a.m. when he fell off Engine 3 while it was making a right turn near 665 Washington Street. He suffered head injuries although he was wearing a helmet when he fell. The engine was based at the Washington Square station.

    Services are planned Thursday in Newton, Mass. Gross was married with two children.


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    Gross, Irwin

    Age: 58
    Cause of Death: Fell or Jumped
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 04/30/2004
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Incident Time: 09:05
    Activity Type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 05/03/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Brookline Fire Department
    350 Washington Street
    Brookline , Massachusetts 02445
    Chief: Peter E. Skerry

    Initial Summary:
    Died from injuries received after falling off of fire apparatus while responding to an incident.

    Services:
    1200hrs, 05/06/2004 @ Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Newton, MA.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Firefighter Buzz Gross Fund, C/o Brookline Municipal Credit Union, 334 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02447-0776


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    Family Sues Town in Massachusetts LODD

    Updated: 10-28-2004 03:59:26 PM

    BERNIE SMITH
    Courtesy of The Brookline TAB

    The family of a Brookline firefighter who died in the line of duty in May has filed a lawsuit against the town, and expects to begin taking depositions in the case in the next couple of weeks.

    Neil Rossman, of Boston-based firm Rossman and Rossman, said he filed the lawsuit against Brookline in late July, after Marsha Gross was named executrix of the estate of her husband, firefighter Irwin "Buzz" Gross. Gross died on May 3, three days after falling from the rear of a 28-year-old reserve truck while responding to a call. The first-line truck was undergoing repairs at the time of the accident. Rossman has questioned the use of the truck, a Pirsch-model engine that has semi-enclosed cabins; cabins of modern fire trucks are wholly enclosed.

    Rossman, who previously represented the family of another fallen Brookline firefighter, Joseph Tynan, in 1985, said he would be pleased if the Gross case proceeded as quickly as the Tynan case, which took two years.

    "If I could get this case to trial ... within the next 18 months, I'd be very pleased to be on that kind of timeline," Rossman said.

    Fire Chief John Green said he was not aware of the particulars of the case. Associate Town Counsel George F. Driscoll Jr., who is representing the town, was not available for comment.

    Meanwhile, a report on the accident by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, has been delayed.

    "We're looking at maybe another three to four months" for the report to be completed, said Fred Blosser, public affairs officer for NIOSH, who said the agency's two investigators are juggling a number of past and current cases. The report was originally expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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