Firefighter remembered by firefighting family in Bear Creek Twp.


BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own after a tragic crash.  25-year-old firefighter Brandon Gose was killed Friday in a motorcycle crash. He was remembered at a fire company picnic.
The sudden news that their friend died at such a young age seems unreal to members of Bear Creek Township Volunteer Hose Company.

“He was such a young man, he had so much more to go on and do in his life,” said Bill Pfeffer, Fire Co. Vice President.

25-year-old Gose died after his motorcycle collided with a pick-up truck Friday afternoon on Route 309 in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain.

“Devastating. You don’t expect it to happen to someone so close,” said Captain Bob Suchocki.

The young firefighter is being remembered for his giving and kind spirit at the fire company’s annual picnic.

“Why cry? He wouldn’t want it. He’d want us to celebrate like we’re going to,” said Brad Keen, firefighter and friend.

Gose moved to the area from California several years ago to live with his girlfriend, who attended the memorial.

“This is his family– at the fire department,” said Keen.

“We had our first call without him today. It’s going to be a hard thing to deal with,” said Suchocki.

He was with the fire company for four years.

“Pagers would go off, he was up at crack of dawn, he’d be the first one in and ready to go. Great guy, great guy all around,” added Suchocki.

The picnic is held as a fundraiser for the volunteer department.From now on, it will also be a memorial for Gose.

“He was a good kid, good firefighter. He’ll be missed by a lot of people,” said Keen.

The fire company had a moment of silence to remember Gose.

Firefighters are also raising money to help his family through this difficult time.

“Everyone is just trying to do their best to get through today, keep his memory alive, and keep everything going here,” said Pfeffer.

“We know he’ll be there with us. So hopefully he’ll keep all the rest of us safe,” said Suchocki.

Donations for the family are still being accepted at the fire station along route 115.

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