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    Unhappy Montgomery Ny LODD

    Today the announcment came over that Bob passed away . Bob was a great, enthusiastic guy who was always offering to help you out in the short time i knew him


    Montgomery A volunteer firefighter is fighting for his life after apparently suffering a catastrophic brain injury during a training exercise Saturday.
    ***Bob Brooks, 42, of Montgomery, a married father of five who moved to Montgomery from Long Island in the past year, collapsed during the final phase of basic firefighter training at the Orange County Fire Training Center.
    ***"This one really hit home, because he's a fairly new firefighter," Montgomery fire Chief Jim Ferguson said. "This guy has real heart and real enthusiasm for the job. He loves his family, the community and his firefighter family."
    ***Brooks was with other firefighters, in full protective gear, as they prepared to complete a live-burn exercise extinguishing a fire deliberately set in a training building when he collapsed.
    ***Witnesses and firefighters said it appeared Brooks suffered a grave brain injury, although medical details were unclear. Brooks was rushed by ambulance to the Horton campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
    ***Ferguson said Brooks' family and the fire department are devastated.
    ***"It was my worst nightmare come true when I got paged for this," Ferguson said.
    ***Ferguson said he heard initial calls about the incident on his police scanner and raced to the training center to find a frantic scene. There, firefighters and training-center staff were working desperately to save Brooks' life.
    ***Brooks has been a volunteer firefighter with the Montgomery Fire Department since September, Ferguson said.
    ***Montgomery firefighters made Easter baskets Saturday for Brooks' children one girl and four boys ranging in age from 3 to 12. They also cooked an Easter dinner for the family yesterday.
    ***The department was already saddened by the loss of former department President John W. Matthews, 78, who died Monday at Horton.
    ***About a dozen members of the Montgomery Fire Department turned up in uniform at the hospital yesterday, offering comfort to Brooks' relatives.
    ***Ferguson said his department was deciding what steps to take to help support Brooks' family as they struggle to cope with the tragedy. He said the incident would be considered a "line-of-duty" accident, qualifying Brooks and his family for certain state benefits.
    ***"The important thing is to do the right thing for him and for his family," Ferguson said. "We are all a family, and we always do right by each other."
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    This one really hit home. God Bless his family. We're offering everything we can to help in this situation.

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    Originally posted by firefightergtp
    This one really hit home. God Bless his family. We're offering everything we can to help in this situation.
    same here i just recieved details for fridays funeral procession will post later

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    Please do post, also if any more info on fund for family is avail please post.

    If you live within a resonable traveling dist. to Orange County NY Please attend. The showing is for the family 5 kids let them know we care

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    i was on standby for montgomery today for the wake from 1-5pm, very sad that this had to happen to a great guy

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    if im not mistaken the funeral is on friday at 11 am

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