Mother of Fallen NY Firefighter Seeks Accountability

The mother of a fallen Buffalo (NY) firefighter thinks the lawsuit filed over his death shouldn’t be settled and should move forward.

WGRZ reports ( that Angie Heusinger, mother of deceased Firefighter Jonathan Croom, is not a party to the lawsuit, which is filed on behalf of Croom’s two young children.According to New York State law, a wrongful death claim is meant to compensate a family member for the future support and assistance they would have received from their lost loved one had he or she not died. In this case, it is the dependents of Croom, who was killed while in a 2009 incident, along with Buffalo Fire Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy (read about the NIOSH LODD report on the incident HERE).

Heusinger would like to see changes in the Buffalo Fire Department. “There hasn’t been accountability as to the cause of the fire or a resolution as to the mistakes that were made that night,” Heusinger said. “My son was lost for almost two hours with no one knowing where he was, accountability for why that happened.”

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