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Volunteer Firefighter Brothers Die Within Hours of Each Other

By Firefighter Close Calls:

Stunning news out of Pennsylvania as an old and dear friend of ours, past Cranberry Township (near Pittsburgh) Fire Chief Mark Nanna died on Wednesday. His brother then died just hours later!

Chief Mark Nanna, the fire prevention administrator for the township’s Building and Zoning Codes Department, passed away Wednesday after battling an infection. His older brother, Lee Nanna, suffered a fatal heart attack Thursday morning, hours after learning of his brother’s death. By all accounts, he died of a broken heart upon the loss of his Brother.

The pair were life members of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company. Mark Nanna was a past Chief, while Lee Nanna was a former President.

I first met Mark at Chief Glenn Usdin’s “Command School” where a number of us did seminars across the Country. Mark and his crew were always in attendance wherever “Command School” was being held that year. In addition to being a constant learner where he and his crew were like sponges, Mark was also quite a character. We met at Command School but our friendship carried on until his sudden passing this week.

Private visitation for immediate family as well as Firefighters and their families will occur Sunday Jan. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Boylan-Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home. A firefighter service with the final radio call will take place at 7 p.m.

Public visitation will occur Monday Jan. 13 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Dutilh United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park, with a luncheon taking place at the church afterward.


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