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Line of duty death: Former Getzville fire chief passes away after battle with cancer

Irving Isenberg was a member of the Getzville Fire Company for 29 years and assisted with the statewide mutual aid deployment to Ground Zero.

AMHERST, N.Y. — The Getzville Fire Company announced Friday that longtime firefighter and former fire chief Irving Isenberg, 55, passed away due to job-related cancer.

Isenberg was a member of the fire company for 29 years, and during that time he assisted in the statewide mutual aid deployment to Ground Zero following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago, a cancer commonly found in 9/11 first responders.

Isenberg and three other firefighters from the Getzville Fire Company were stationed one block away from Ground Zero, helping assist EMS crews with rescue efforts. In September, 2 On Your Side's Leanne Stuck spoke with the firefighters about what they saw that day.

Daniel Cownie, assistant chief of the Getzville Fire Company says Isenberg spent his last few weeks surrounded by friends and family. He leaves behind a wife, two sisters, his mother, two step-children, and a granddaughter.

The fire company is asking the community to turn their porch lights on and use a red light bulb during the month of November to honor Isenberg and all firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Information from Mesnekoff Funeral Home

Irving Isenberg’s funeral service will be held Monday, 10:30 AM at Temple Beth Zion - 805 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY  14209.  Interment will follow at Beth El Cemetery, Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY  14225.

A visitation will be held Sunday, November 3rd, 4-8 PM at Getzville Fire Co., 650 Dodge Rd., Getzville, NY  14068.

Shiva will be held Monday and Tuesday 6-8 PM, at Ruth Lipsitz residence - 272 N. Rockingham Way, Amherst, NY  14228.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Getzville Fire Co., P.O. Box 111, Getzville, NY  14068. 

Credit: Getzville Fire Company

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