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Robert Milton H. Getschel
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Birth: Feb. 26, 1988, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 2006
New York, USA

Floral Park Volunteer Firefighter Bobby Getschel was up late making sure all the candles from a vigil for a classmate killed in a car crash had been extinguished. The firefighter took a nap, then took an exam, and went back to bed at the station. He never woke up. Getschel, who had open-heart surgery in 2001, died one day after fellow graduating senior Kevin McArthur, also 18, was among four young kids killed in an accident. Students at Floral Park were not surprised that its newspaper staff recently honored Bobby with a front-page profile that said his recognition was "long overdue." But on Thursday, the very day the issue was distributed, his classmates were shocked to hear that Getschel, whose generosity and positive energy had touched so many lives, had unexpectedly died in his sleep. Before he had his operation in 2001, Bobby was pale and he was coughing a lot. The family found out he had a connective tissue disorder, and with open-heart surgery doctors fixed one valve. After the operation, he had few physical problems. Getschel had just visited his cardiologist for a checkup, and his doctor had said he was fine and that his next visit should be in a year. Bobby would have graduated from high school the following saturday and would have enrolled in John Jay College of Criminal Justice in pursuit of his dream to become a Nassau County police officer. He was 18.
 
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Flushing
Queens County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jun 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14637582
Robert Milton H. Getschel
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Robert Milton H. Getschel
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Robert Milton H. Getschel
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Bobby my darling, your dad and I send you roses like the roses you have given me over the years.
- Mom and Dad
 Added: Jul. 7, 2013

- Elizabeth Reed
 Added: Feb. 26, 2009

- Elizabeth Reed
 Added: Feb. 19, 2009
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