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Tim Ross (NCSB '74) suffering from rare cancerous brain tumor

by Larry Longley (NCSB '72) |

Tim Ross, NCSB 1972, is suffering from Gliobastoma Multiforma, a very rare and fast growing malignant brain tumor.

Tim is currently a Captain with the Everett Fire Department where he has worked for the past 25 years. He is 49 years old, married, with 4 grown children.

The tumor was discovered in August and since then he has undergone two surgeries to remove the tumor; each time with it continuing to grow back. At this time Tim is resting at home, being cared for and comforted by his family and firefighter friends.

He has undergone a month of radiation treatment, but the growth was not stopped. His prognosis is not good and his health is very weak.

This form of tumor has been considered duty related, as its frequency is so much higher in firefighters as the average citizen. Because it is considered duty related, and Tim's condition and prognosis is so poor, a Fire Fighter Funeral is being planned.

I will be glad to email any smokejumper friends of the funeral arrangements when they become available. If anyone wishes additional information, or to be kept updated you may reach me at

Larry Longley (NCSB '1972) is also a Captain with the Everett Fire Department and one of Tim's closest friends. He will be glad to call or email any member with more information as it becomes available.