Community encouraged to honor fallen firefighter Brett Boss at processional Saturday
The community is encouraged to honor the late Lieutenant Brett Boss of Albert Lea Fire Rescue by viewing a processional Saturday of fire trucks and other vehicles. The processional will start around 4:15 p.m. Feb. 12 from his funeral at Crossroads Church and end at the Albert Lea Fire Station.
Boss, age 38, died Feb. 5 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
The funeral service is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Church, 3402 Hoeger Lane, Albert Lea, with visitation at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.
Following the service, a processional of fire trucks and other vehicles will start at the church, travel south on Bridge Avenue, turn right at Fountain Street to pass the former fire station at City Center, turn left at Newton Avenue and end at the new fire station at 417 Newton Ave. The community is encouraged to assemble along the route to honor Boss.
After Boss was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewings Sarcoma in December 2014, he lobbied for state legislation to fund special equipment for fire departments to reduce the risk of exposure to toxic substances that can cause cancer. On the national level, he worked with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to create a national firefighter registry that studies the link between cancer and firefighters’ exposure to these substances.
“To say that he loved being a firefighter was an understatement, and he showed that every day through his devotion to his department and crew. He was involved in everything firefighting by going to trainings, participating in firefighter combat challenges and Fight for Air Climb events,” according to his obituary.
The tribute also notes that, “Brett was a soft-spoken, humble man and caring towards everyone that he met. He was the biggest fighter with the most positive attitude all the time and showed passion towards all of his work, family and coworkers. The impact he has made on his community can never be measured and will never be forgotten.”
The mission of Albert Lea Fire Rescue is to provide professional proactive responsive assistance to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.