The 55-year-old former fire chief of The Getzville Fire Company, New York, Irving Isenberg, died on Friday, Nov. 1, due to job-related cancer and 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 him and all firefighters who died in the line of duty.
Isenberg was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago, a cancer commonly found in 9/11 first responders.
During his 29 years of service, Isenberg assisted in the statewide mutual aid deployment to ground zero following the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Together with three other firefighters from the company, they were stationed one block away from ground zero, helping assist EMS crews with rescue efforts.
Isenberg is survived by his wife, two sisters, his mother, two stepchildren, a granddaughter, and friends.
His funeral service will be held on Monday, Nov. 4 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, Nov. 3, 4-8 p.m. at Getzville Fire Co., 650 Dodge Rd., Getzville, NY 14068.
Shiva will be held Monday and Tuesday 6-8 p.m., 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, according to Mesnekoff Funeral Home.