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29-year member of Getzville Fire Company dies from job-related cancer

Posted at 10:58 AM, Nov 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 23:16:38-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Getzville Fire Company announced Friday night former fire chief and president Irving Isenberg has died.

In a statement the fire company called Isenberg's death a "line of duty death."

He was part of a state-wide group of firefighters deployed to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan following the September 11th attacks and was diagnosed with job-related cancer due to his time there.

Isenberg was one of four Getzville firefighters stationed a block from Ground Zero at Albany and West Streets.

Getzville Fire Company Assistant Chief Daniel Cownie says Isenberg battled until the very end and his last few weeks were spent surrounded by family and friends.

Isenberg, who had a 35-year career as a first responder, was a member of the Getzville Fire Company for 29 years. He served as fire chief from 2007-2011 and president from 2016-2018.

He is survived by his wife Lisa, two sisters, his mother, two stepchildren and his granddaughter.

The Getzville Fire Company asks the community use red bulbs for their porch lights during the month of November to honor Isenberg and all firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The arrangements are as follows:

Viewing hours at the Getzville Fire Company on Sunday November 3rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral at Temple Beth Zion on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo on Monday November 4th at 10 a.m.

There will be a procession from the Getzville Fire Company to the Temple Beth Zion and from the temple to Temple Beth El Cemetery.