Missouri Task Force One loses medic team manager after 3-year battle with cancer

Dr. Chris Bosche (BCFPD)

A mid-Missouri rescue team already stretched thin with hurricane relief efforts was hit even harder this week.

MO-TF1 learned its medical team manager, Dr. Chris Bosche, passed away Tuesday "after a valiant battle with cancer," according to a release.

The task force released the following description of Bosche's service:

"Chris joined the Boone County Fire Protection District both as a firefighter/EMT and a Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1) Rescue Specialist in February 1996 while a student in Medical School at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served on the Fire District and MO-TF1 until 1999, when he graduated from medical school and traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to enter the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. While in Ohio, he joined the Ohio 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). As part of Ohio 1-DMAT he responded to the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11/2001.

"After completing his residency, he moved back to St. Louis to work at St. Anthony Medical Center as an Emergency Department physician. He rejoined MO-TF1 as a Medical Team Manager in April 2003. He was deployed six times with MO-TF1. Those deployments include: August 2005 for Katrina I, September June 2006 for the Elks Lodge Building Collapse, Clinton, Missouri, August 2006 Hurricane Ernesto, August 2008 Republican National Convention, May 2011 Joplin Tornado and October 2012 Hurricane Sandy. Chris was a devoted member of MO-TF1 and spent a significant amount of time teaching and developing the capability of the medical team. We will miss him and his infectious optimism."

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