Mass. firefighter, Army veteran dies unexpectedly at home
As a member of the 82nd Airborne, Cory Combs, 33, served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Susan Pawlak-Seaman
The Patriot Ledger
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Fire Department and Local 841 are mourning the death of Cory Combs, a firefighter assigned to Engine Company 8 in the city's North End.
Local 841, in a Facebook post Wednesday night, "announced the passing of active duty member Firefighter Cory Combs on October 8, 2019." He had been a member of the department since 2012, the post noted.
"An Army Veteran, Cory proudly served our country as a Paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and was dedicated to the New Bedford Fire Department and the citizens of this City," Local 841 said in the post.
"We continue to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this time and in the coming months," Local 841's post said.
According to an obituary from the Shepherd Funeral Home in Carver, which is handling the arrangements, Combs, 33, died unexpectedly Tuesday at his Carver home.
As a member of the 82d Airborne, Combs served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before joining the New Bedford Fire Department, he worked as a mason for many years.
On his Facebook page, Combs said he went to Plymouth South High School.
"Cory was a dedicated father to his two children, a die-hard Patriots fan and loved to entertain all his family and friends," the obituary said.
In addition to his children, he is survived by numerous family members in the Greater Plymouth area.
The obituary also said that a trust fund will be set up for his children.
Visiting hours have been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 at the Shepherd Funeral Home.
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