MICHAEL C. COBB, 40, of Hillard Avenue, a firefighter with Engine Company 7 of the Warwick Fire Department, and an emergency medical technician instructor, died Friday at the Two Trees Inn, in the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex in Mashantucket, Conn.
He was the husband of Laurie (Geldard) Cobb. Born in Providence, a son of Charles J. Cobb of Warwick and the late Ellen T. (Rush) Cobb, he had lived most of his life in Warwick, and also had lived in Barrington, from 1985 to 1992.
He was a 1981 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School.
Pvt. Cobb had served with the Warwick Fire Department since 1992, and had spent most of his career with the department at Station 2, with Engine 7, on Post Road. He previously had been a firefighter for the Town of Barrington, from 1985 to 1992.
He was a cardiac-level EMT, and had been an EMT instructor for the past seven years at the Community College of Rhode Island.
Pvt. Cobb was also the secretary-treasurer of the Warwick firefighters' union, Local 2748.
He volunteered for the Jimmy Fund, and had been organizing fundraising events for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Jerry's Kids" for 18 years. He also had been organizing a golf tournament for the Rhode Island Firefighters Burn Foundation for the past 18 years.
Remembered by his fellow firefighters as a gourmet chef, he had competed in several charity cookoffs. He was known throughout the department as a positive influence, his colleagues said.
Pvt. Cobb was one of the hundreds of firefighters on the scene at The Station nightclub fire on Feb. 20.
Besides his wife and his father, he leaves three sisters, Maryellen Cox of Cranston, Dawn M. Collins of Woonsocket and Sharon R. Pugliese of Glocester.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Clement Church, Long Street. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.