Klobuchar honors late Albert Lea firefighter Brett Boss

(ABC 6 News) – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar presented Danielle Boss, wife of late firefighter Brett Boss, with a Statement for the Congressional Record honoring Brett’s life and service to the Albert Lea community. Klobuchar will also be joined by Albert Lea Fire Department Chief Jeff Laskowske.

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Brett served for 17 years as a firefighter, working as an EMT, a hazmat technician, a fire investigator, and a firefighter instructor. He passed away in February at the age of 38 after a decade-long battle with stage 4 Ewing’s Sarcoma.

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Following an alarming string of cancer cases among firefighters in Albert Lea and Austin, Brett played a key role in passing state legislation to secure funding for equipment to keep firefighters safe from carcinogens and a grant program for firefighters living with cancer or heart disease. In 2018, Klobuchar and Brett held an event in support of legislation to create a national firefighter cancer registry, which was signed into law just days later.