Columbia man, member of Mo-TF1 dies from illness contracted from responding to World Trade Center

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A Columbia man has passed away from an illness he contracted after responding to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 as a responder.

According to Missouri Task Force 1, Dr. Bosche was also a medical team manager with the task force.

Dr. Bosche passed away after a three-year cancer battle on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and two children.

"Before medical school, Dr. Bosche served as a firefighter. As an emergency physician and member of the task force, he was able to take his passion for helping others to the highest level. He served as medical director for multiple EMS agencies and is widely known for his work in emergency services and disaster response," states a memorial page for Dr. Bosche.

Dr. Bosche was a responder for Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina and Ground Zero.

You can read the statement on Dr. Bosche from the Boone County Fire Protection District below:

It is with deep sadness to announce the death of MO-TF1 Medical Team Manager and friend Chris Bosche. Please keep Chris' family in your thoughts and prayers.

Chris Bosche, was born June 11, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life Sept. 12, 2017, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Chris joined the Boone County Fire Protection District both as a firefighter/EMT and a Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1) Rescue Specialist in February 1996 while a student in Medical School at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served on the Fire District and MO-TF1 until 1999, when he graduated from medical school and traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to enter the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. While in Ohio, he joined the Ohio 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). As part of Ohio 1-DMAT he responded to the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11/2001.

After completing his residency, he moved back to St. Louis to work at St. Anthony Medical Center as an Emergency Department physician. He rejoined MO-TF1 as a Medical Team Manager in April 2003. He was deployed six times with MO-TF1. Those deployments include: August 2005 for Katrina I, September June 2006 for the Elks Lodge Building Collapse, Clinton, Missouri, August 2006 Hurricane Ernesto, August 2008 Republican National Convention, May 2011 Joplin Tornado and October 2012 Hurricane Sandy. Chris was a devoted member of MO-TF1 and spent a significant amount of time teaching and developing the capability of the medical team. We will miss him and his infectious optimism.


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